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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 7 Derrick Mutisya showed the local residents his master carving talents that have been handed down in his family from Africa for five generations at the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival at Lake Park last weekend. Crowds searched up and down for the perfect holiday gifts during the two-day Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend. (Photo s by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com) Future Junior Woman's Club volunteer Gabriela Myers helps out at the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club's booth filling candy bags for the guests. She has three more years before she can become an official member. Jim Murray manned the old country Kettle Korne pot as thousands of guests enjoyed some good eats at the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival. Members from the Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club Karin D'Amico, Cathy Bever and Shanon Grace volunteered at the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend. Festival draws crowds for crafts, arts 813-949-7424CALLFORANAPPOINTMENT21533 VILLAGELAKESSHPGCTR. DROn Hwy. 54, just 1 block east of Hwy 41 LAND O'LAKESDENTAL CAREDr. Estrada and her caring and friendly staff will take the time to listen and answer all questions, providing a treatment program for your unique needs. Patient education and quality of dentistry are the reasons our patients love to refer their family and friends. ExamD0150XraysD0210ConsultationD9310PLUS A FREE WHITENING KITRestrictions may apply*only$45a $257 value Sandra Aljure-Estrada, DDSGentle Dentistrywith a Woman's Touch*The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. New PatientSpecial Se Habla Espa–ol FREE Estimates NO Contracts Guaranteed Satisfaction Gift Certificates Give the gift of FREE TIME! Don't let the holidays stress you out. Call Maid Brigade for your holiday cleanings.813-961-5900www.maidbrigade.com813-961-5900www.maidbrigade.comDon't let the holidays stress you out. Call Maid Brigade for your holiday cleanings. Book a Holiday Cleaning and RECEIVE $25 OFF the Final Pricewhen booked on M/T/WPurchase a Holiday Gift Certificate and RECEIVE AFREE Refrigerator Cleaningfor gift certificates over $150



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TheLAKER FREE TheLAKER LAND O' LAKES/LUTZ EDITION DECEMBER 7,2011 Rushe's rainforest Page 3Florida's new districtsPage 4-5South Pasco Predators'titles Page 23 INSIDE Call AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured People HOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at Law "I Will Aggressively Fight ToProtect Your Legal Rights"18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) Get your PUBLIX insert in The Laker /Lutz News Annual spectacle features a quarter-million lights and a shower of "snow" flakesBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comThe rocking chairs and benches began filling at least a half-hour before the 4th Annual Symphony of Lights was set to begin on a recent Tuesday night at The Shops at Wiregrass. There was a chill in the air,as the spectators assembled. Some arrived by strollers.Others came in wheelchairs.Many showed up in groups of four or five or more,with generations of families settling in to watch the show together. By the time the spectacle began,hundreds of people were in the mall's center court. The show is a dazzling display of flashing lights synchronized to tunes by the TransSiberian Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra.During one of the songs, snowflakes well,actually soap flakes flutter down from the sky. The star of the show is a 55-foot Christmas tree,which is flanked by two 25foot trees.Trees throughout the mall are also lit up,with some programmed to go on and off. The spectacle of lights and color is an obvious crowd pleaser.Little kids jump and dance,while parents and grandparents snap photos. Before and after the show,people pose for photographs in front of the giant tree. "I think it's vibrant.It's alive,"said Rose Ponce,who lives in Lexington Oaks,a neighborhood in Wesley Chapel."The kids love the snow.It's the closest thing they'll see to snow in Florida." Ponce,34,went to the show with her husband,Steven,and their two kids;her sister and her two kids;a friend and her two kids;and,Ponce's mother. "We've come here every year since it started,"said Ponce."Now that the kids are older,we'll be going at least once a week." Her friend,Stacy Fisher,said her daughters "love the music.They love the snow. "We come a couple of times a week,"said Fisher,also 34.She lives in Meadow Pointe, another subdivision in Wesley Chapel. Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Cruz Arts,crafts and treatsLutz resident David Scamporino attended the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival at Lake Park with his family on Dec. 4 and took some time to enjoy some flavored ice, one of many tasty options at the annual holiday event. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com) For complete coverage,see page 7.Traditions on the GreenBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comSanta may arrive by sleigh in most places,but he'll be coming by pickup truck to Traditions on the Green in Land O'Lakes. This is the fourth year for the holiday event,which is intended to provide Land O'Lakes residents and people from other nearby communities an opportunity to gather and have a good time without having to spend a lot of money,said Sandy Graves,president of the Heritage Park Foundation. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec.10,from 9 a.m.until 2 p.m.at the Land O'Lakes Community Center,5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. When organizers launched the event, the idea was to have events at the community center to help revive it as a community focal point,Graves said. Land O'Lakes residents paid for theSymphony of Lights thrills young and old Hundreds of people turn out to the "Symphony in Lights" show at The Shops at Wiregrass. The Wesley Chapel mall has been presenting a synchronized Christmas lights and music show every holiday season since it opened four years ago.(Photo by B.C. Manion) See LIGHTS,page15 See TRADITIONS,page15



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Nicholas L.Britten,D.M.D. The clear alternative to braces.Veterans Elementary children get up close with natureBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comVeterans Elementary is a school where "Caterpillar Crossing"signs are used to prevent the creeping crawlers from being crushed by kids and adults.It's also a place where children can get a firsthand look at the life cycle of butterflies watching how they transform from a caterpillar to a chrysalis to a creature with wings."You should have seen it when the caterpillars were out,"said Lorilie Jani,who takes care of the school's butterfly garden."At the end of October,we saw our caterpillars starting to show up,and by the first week in November we were on caterpillar patrol,as they were everywhere,"said Jani,who is the school's plant manager. The school's morning news programs alerted everyone on campus to keep an eye out for the caterpillars to keep from crushing them,Jani said. The children were excited about saving the caterpillars.They would tell Jani:"There's two over there.There's one here.Oh,that one got squished." The garden's caretaker also began cutting branches of milkweed that were loaded with caterpillars and putting them in a butterfly hatchery that she built. Jani had so many caterpillars it was hard to keep them fed.She pointed to stalks in the garden:"This is what's left of our milkweed.Look how they demolished it,"said Jani,who appreciates the kindness of teachers who brought in milkweed from home to replenish her supply.The butterfly hatchery also served as protection for the caterpillars from predators.The lid of the wooden box is covered with green,pod-like chrysalides awaiting their transformation into butterflies. Deana Wolkov,a teaching intern,said it's great to have a classroom next door to the butterfly garden. The kindergartners she teaches "are very interested to see what's happening,"she said.The class has been learning about butterflies and having the 12by-300 foot garden next door provides an excellent resource for teaching,she said. "For them to actually see it and seeing the transformation makes a big difference in their learning,"she said."There's nothing like seeing it." Jani gets tremendous satisfaction from helping children learn and by helping to bring a bit of beauty to the school campus. She said she and helpers including children and adults created the garden from seeds.The butterfly garden came about after devastating freezes took out the native plants that were planted on campus when the school opened in 2008. Jani credits Deb Hamilton,Bob Stalnaker and Bill Wampler,three master gardener volunteers,for being enormously helpful in creating the butterfly garden. The master gardeners made podcasts to teach the youngsters about planting the seeds and also pitched in with the planting. Each classroom was given 22 starter cups and seeds,Jani said. Plants in the garden include purple coneflowers,flax,Johnny-jump-ups,salvia, cosmos,morning glory,snow in summer, foxglove,maiden pink,tropical milkweed, Shasta daily and cardinal pipevine.All of the plants were grown from seed. At its peak,the garden was beautiful,Jani said. "It brought more butterflies than ever," Jani said.All of the seeds and supplies used for the garden were paid for from funds raised through recycling newspaper and cardboard.While pleased with the garden's progress,Jani has already set her sights on making some improvements next year. For one thing,she plans to change the location of the greenhouse next year to keep it out of the path of soccer balls. She's also planning to build a bigger butterfly hatchery.Bringing learning to life Lorilie Jani shows off the butterfly hatchery she built and the scores of chrysalides waiting to transform into butterflies.(Photos by B.C. Manion) Caterpillar Crossing signs help to keep kids and adults from trampling on caterpillars.



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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 14 By Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comMarc DeMarcus cringes as he sees the fuel indicator in his truck slip closer and closer to E. The story is similar for most drivers, but the Wesley Chapel resident does so from behind the wheel of his diesel truck he uses for his hauling business. "It takes a lot to fill it up,"said Marcus, whose business base is in southern Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties."It's usually between $80 and $100 if it's completely empty,and I usually have to get diesel two times a week." Pasco and Hillsborough counties are looking at ways to take some of the sting out of filling up both diesel and conventional gas tanks during the next few years. The Pasco Commission is contemplating adding compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations as a way to reduce the cost and pollution from operating dieselpowered trash trucks.Once established, such facilities could be used by school buses,other county vehicles and the general public. "Maybe we can start down the road of bringing natural gas instead of diesel and everything else associated with that,"said County Administrator John Gallagher. Gallagher,along with Commissioner Henry Wilson,said they don't want to force the switch by trash collectors, which are private companies contracted to work within Pasco.They instead predict the switch to CNG would happen voluntarily once the option is available. "We want to make sure we have all the haulers,both the large and small ones, switch their fleet,"Wilson said. Wilson said the reduced cost will likely be a draw for the voluntary switch,but only if there are enough fueling stations so haulers know they can fill up anywhere into the future.A new natural gas powered garbage truck runs around $35,000 more than a diesel one,but the cost for a gallon of CNG is only about $2. The first stations would be installed at the landfills in Dade City and Shady Hills. They would later be added near the intersection of SR 54 and Gunn Highway because of its heavy traffic volume. Wilson said there are no set plans for additional expansion,but did say "Once usage picks up we would start putting them in other places for school buses and for citizens'vehicles."The plan is similar for Pasco's neighbor to the south. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) was recently awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to install CNG stations and make associated modifications to its maintenance facilities. HART CEO Philip Hale said it is the first step to transitioning the organization's vans and buses away from diesel toward CNG. "Natural gas offers a cost-effective alternative to diesel fuel,"Hale,said."Natural gas is available domestically and at this time,costs approximately 20-25 percent less than diesel." The goal is to have the new equipment up and running by the end of 2013. DeMarcus said he likes the idea of having fuel options like CNG. "I've actually looked into getting a natural gas truck before because I'm thinking of getting a new one anyway,"DeMarcus said."I've heard (CNG) is a lot cheaper,but I also heard it's hard to find places to fill up at. If there were enough of them around so I'd know I had places to get it, sure I'd buy a truck that runs on (CNG)."Pasco,Hillsborough look for fuel optionsHeritage Ford gets a new nameIts owner also plans a new dealership next door.By B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comHeritage Ford in Wesley Chapel has been renamed Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel,in a rebranding move that makes the dealership's name consistent with Parks Lincoln of Tampa another dealership owned by Ron Parks,who is president of the dealerships. The car dealership's owner is doing more than just changing the name of his Wesley Chapel dealership,though.He's also planning to construct a dealership specializing in Fiats and Alfa Romeos on a parcel east of the Ford dealership,which is at 28739 SR 54. "We're in the permitting stages right now,"said Terry Mullane,general manager for the Ford and Lincoln dealerships,who will be assuming that role for the new dealership,too. Plans for the new dealership call for building about 18,000 square feet of space, with the first phase being about 8,000 square feet for the dealership's showroom, Mullane said."It's going to have a nice Italian showroom." Additional square footage will be used for the parts and service departments,he said. Once permits are secured,Mullane expects the dealership to be built in three to six months.The project's estimated price tag will approach $1.8 million. Chrysler approached the Parks family to open the new dealership because of the family's solid reputation in the car business, Mullane said. He expects the dealership to begin operations with about 12 employees and to add more as the business grows. Fiat and Alfa Romeo are making their reentry into the United States'market,Mullane said."Chrysler felt good about the timing, and we feel good about Chrysler,"the general manager added. The dealership also is optimistic about Wesley Chapel's future. 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The Land O'Lakes woman said she expected to return the following night with "grandpa and the grandchildren." Those are precisely the reactions that mall management is seeking with its annual Symphony of Lights. Ever since it opened four years ago,The Shops at Wiregrass has aimed to be a community-gathering place,said Greg Lenners, the mall's general manager. The annual "Symphony of Lights"definitely brings people together. On opening night,there are as many as 15,000 people there,watching Symphony in Lights,welcoming Santa and enjoying fireworks,Lenners said.It's the mall's busiest day of the year,aside from Black Friday,he said. The music and lights show is relatively brief,lasting roughly 12 minutes. Getting the show ready each holiday season,however,is no small feat. A crew of seven men begins work on Nov.1 to build the trees and deck the mall. It takes 47 miles of wire,a quarter-million LED lights and 10 tons of holiday dŽcor to dress up the mall for the holiday crowds. While the audience oohs and ahhs during the light show,there's a man inside the 55-foot tree Peter Siebold who stands ready to scale the tree to fix any problems that arise.He enters and exits the tree through a 4-foot-by-3-foot hatch that's hidden under its branches.Building the massive tree is Siebold's favorite duty.Doing the wiring is the most challenging. "There are miles and miles of wires," Siebold said. The program that operates the music and light show was designed by Carson Williams,the same man who did the dancing lights program made famous by the Miller Lite commercials,Lenners said. Jane Lisy,vice president of marketing for Forest City which owns The Shops at Wiregrass tracked down Williams to see if he could work his magic in a mall setting, Lenners said. She actually went to Williams'house to pitch her idea,Lenners said. Williams then collaborated with John Carter,design director for Park 3-D interactive,to create the show.Siebold works for Platinum Events,which manages the show's daily operations. Spectators leaving the show last week gave it generally favorable reviews. One woman,from Tampa,offered a mild complaint.She thought the show was too short. Lenners said the length was planned deliberately to encourage local performances by school and church groups between shows. Several of those local performances are scheduled between now and Dec.31, Lenners said. Symphony in Lights runs nightly through Dec.31,at 6 p.m.,7 p.m.,8 p.m.and 9 p.m. The mall is closed on Christmas,but the show will go on,Lenners added. For more information about other entertainment at the mall during the holidays, visit the mall's website at www.theshopsatwiregrass.com. LIGHTS,from page 1 Debbie Detweiler, director of marketing for the Shops at Wiregrass and Greg Lenners, general manager, pose near the massive trees that light up to entertain crowds at the mall's 4th Annual Symphony of Lights in Wesley Chapel.construction of the community center duing the 1960s,and the Heritage Park Foundation is working to raise money to eventually provide historic markers in the park and an outdoor stage. Traditions on the Green includes a free pancake "Breakfast with Santa"beginning at 9 a.m. There also will be a Kid's Christmas Corner from 9 a.m.until noon,with free face-painting,ornament-making,letters to Santa,puppet shows,a bounce house,greeting card coloring,crafts and games. Vendors also will be selling items at the Land O'Lakes Saturday Market,said Pam St. Mary,who oversees the market. Musical entertainment will be provided by students from Land O'Lakes High,Pine View Middle and Denham Oaks Elementary. "Everybody can bring a lawn chair and enjoy,"St.Mary said. The event is sponsored by Heritage Park Foundation,The Land O'Lakes Saturday Market,The Rotary Club of Land O'Lakes, the Women of the Land O'Lakes Moose Lodge,Candlewood Community Church and Keystone Community Church. Vendors are still welcome.Booths are $15 each.For more information,call (813) 731-5168. TRADITIONS,from page 1 The Land O'Lakes High School Jazz Band was one of the groups performing at last year's Traditions on the Green in Land O'Lakes. Musical performances by various school groups are slated for this year's event, too. (Laker file photo).



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Voted Florida's No. 1 Weekly Sports Section Community SportsCommunity Sports By Jeff OdomLaker/Lutz News CorrespondentThe Steinbrenner girls basketball team has spent the last two seasons clawing its way up the ladder to become a competitive program. From finishing one game under .500 during its first season in 2009-10 to capturing its first winning record with a 15-7 record last year,the squad had been focused on gaining respect.Now in Year 3,the talk of a district championship is starting to brew. "I think with the new district alignment, we will have a very good opportunity to win the district title,"said Warriors coach J.R.Allen,the only coach in program history. The new alignment matches Steinbrenner (3-1) against Freedom (5-0), Gaither (1-6),Wiregrass Ranch (5-2) and Chamberlain (3-2) in Class 7A-District 9. Allen said his team is in good position for a title because numerous district opponents lost key players to graduation last year. "Three of the teams that are in our district were hit hard by graduation and therefore will have to rely on some unproven players to step in and represent their teams,"Allen said. Freedom,which went 20-6 and won a district championship last year,lost its toptwo scorers to graduation. Point guard Kaitlynn Pacholke posted 15.3 points,8.8 assists,5.7 rebounds and 5.3 steals per game in 2010-11.She is currently playing at Jacksonville State University on a basketball scholarship.Freedom also lost forward/center Lindsay Taggart,who put up 14.1 points,8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season. Gaither also lost its top-two scorers from the 2010-11 squad that went 6-14.Departing were center/forward Aja Osborne and her 12.3 points,17.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest,and guard Ayanna Fullwood's 9.1 points,6.3 assists,4.9 rebounds and 3.5 steals. Wiregrass Ranch is coming off the rockiest offseason in the program's six-year history.It was hit with Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) violations that included recruiting point guard Briahanna Jackson,who has since graduated from Freedom. Greg Finkel,who had been the only coach in program history,resigned after the FHSAA found the Bulls guilty of 10 violations.John Gant was named Wiregrass Ranch's new leader in August. The Bulls,who finished 14-12 last year, were unable to make the postseason for the first time in three seasons and must replace three of their top four scorers.Guard Jeileen Mas,who is playing at East Wyoming College on a basketball scholarship,averaged 13.5 points last season.Fellow guard Lauren Gould and center/forward Kayla Deloach put up 9.2 and 10 points per game,respectively,a year ago.Wiregrass Ranch does return leading scorer Kelly McCaffrey,a senior forward,and her 15.4 points,7.4 rebounds,3.7 steals and 2.9 assists per game from the 2010-11 campaign.Steinbrenner is fortunate enough to return every one of its players. "We have the great luxury of returning our entire varsity team for the third year in a row,so we have great experience and veteran leadership across the board in all positions,"Allen said. The team returns junior guards Baylee Hooker,who averaged 11.8 points per game last season;and Justice Thigpen,who recorded 4.4 rebounds per game before an injury ended her 2010-11 campaign.Also back is senior guard Alexis Wright and senior forward/center Rebecca Cohen,who averaged 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game,respectively. Hooker says while the competition will be tougher than in years past,the squad has looked strong to open the season and is focused on reaching its goals. "Our offseason was really crucial for us this summer,"Hooker said.She then added, "We all set personal goals and pushed ourselves to reach them.We even dedicated ourselves to (early morning) conditioning three days a week for five weeks.Practices are more intense and coach is really pushing each one of us to be the best we can be." The Warriors'attention is centered on a district title,but Allen said the talent level and consistency gives them a shot of making a run to the state final four. "I feel very strongly that we will not only win the district title this year,but also are in a great position to make a deep run,"Allen said."We have great team speed,good depth off the bench,good size and a bit of a swagger that has been brought about due to knowing that all the hours of preparation and sacrifice are going to pay off for us." Steinbrenner got its first district win at Gaither on Dec.1,a 68-17 victory.The Warriors traveled to Blake on Monday,Dec. 5,but results were not available by press time.The squad hosts Wiregrass Ranch on Tuesday,Dec.6 before traveling to Hillsborough on Thursday,Dec.8.Both games start at 8 p.m. All stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches.Warriors focused on district titleBy Eugenio Torrensetorrens@cnewspubs.comDerrick Alexander told his football team on Day 1 of Bishop McLaughlin's 2011 season that his team was going to have moxie to usher in the new era under the first-year coach. "Everything's changed.We do everything with swagger now,"said Evan Barhonovich,a senior linebacker and wide receiver for the Hurricanes (4-6). Alexander finished his first year at the helm with Bishop McLaughlin,but he is far from inexperienced when it comes to the gridiron.He was an All-American defensive end at Florida State University and a firstround pick in the 1995 NFL Draft for the Minnesota Vikings. Now he is trying to bring what he has learned to build a foundation with the Hurricanes. "I've tried to create a culture around here of we gotta work hard during the week and play hard during the games and we gotta speed practice up a little bit," Alexander said."What I've always learned, the faster you practice,the faster you play." In addition to speeding up the tempo at practice,Alexander has stressed the fundamentals:blocking and tackling,as well as working on handand footwork. "A lot of times in high school,everybody likes to run into each other,"Alexander said. "You watch the pro and the college game, and these guys use their hands better than anybody else." Alexander's players took notice quickly. "Last year's practice we'd all just be walking around,looking at the sky,doing our thing,"said junior Austin Meyers who plays offense and defense.He added that this year, kids come focused to practice.Barhonovich knew immediately when Alexander took over that it would be a good move. "The first practice when we ran tons,I knew it was going to be a better year," Barhonovich said."Just coming out and making us run,going crazy right off the start was good for us.That's what we needed." The Hurricanes started 0-5 against a stretch of teams that exposed fundamental flaws in the squad.But the rookie coach loaded the front end of his schedule with tough teams,and Bishop McLaughlin rebounded,reeling off four straight victories to reach the Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs. The Hurricanes were knocked out in the first round of the postseason by Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian,55-38 on Nov.11. While Bishop McLaughlin's practices may be sped up,Alexander knows firsthand success and stability don't come as quick. "We'll be around this thing popping, going quick,"Alexander said."Everything will be done exactly kind of the way it would be done on a college level.But it takes time,it's not going to happen in one year."Hurricanes coach brings breath of fresh air Derrick Alexander drew from his experiences playing football in college and the NFLto bring a more aggressive, disciplined attitude in his first year as coach at Bishop McLaughlin. (Photo by Thomas Matzke of Sunlakesports.com) Steinbrenner junior guard Justice Thigpen drives past a Gaither defender in the Warriors'68-17 victory on Dec. 1. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com) Warriors junior guard Baylee Hooker goes up for a jump ball against Gaither. Warriors senior guard Alexis Wright puts up a layup in her team's 68-17 victory against district rival Gaither on Dec. 1. Steinbrenner coach J.R. Allen has high expectations for his team's chances of making the postseason this year. 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 16



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Lutz News FREE Lutz News SERVING LUTZ/ODESSA DECEMBER 7,2011 Florida's new districtsPage 4-5New fuel optionsPage 14Freedom girls soccer previewPage 21 INSIDE Call AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured People HOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at Law "I Will Aggressively Fight ToProtect Your Legal Rights"18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) Get your PUBLIX insert in The Laker /Lutz News Annual spectacle features a quarter-million lights and a shower of "snow" flakesBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comThe rocking chairs and benches began filling at least a half-hour before the 4th Annual Symphony of Lights was set to begin on a recent Tuesday night at The Shops at Wiregrass. There was a chill in the air,as the spectators assembled. Some arrived by strollers.Others came in wheelchairs.Many showed up in groups of four or five or more,with generations of families settling in to watch the show together. By the time the spectacle began,hundreds of people were in the mall's center court. The show is a dazzling display of flashing lights synchronized to tunes by the TransSiberian Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra.During one of the songs, snowflakes well,actually soap flakes flutter down from the sky. The star of the show is a 55-foot Christmas tree,which is flanked by two 25foot trees.Trees throughout the mall are also lit up,with some programmed to go on and off. The spectacle of lights and color is an obvious crowd pleaser.Little kids jump and dance,while parents and grandparents snap photos. Before and after the show,people pose for photographs in front of the giant tree. "I think it's vibrant.It's alive,"said Rose Ponce,who lives in Lexington Oaks,a neighborhood in Wesley Chapel."The kids love the snow.It's the closest thing they'll see to snow in Florida." Ponce,34,went to the show with her husband,Steven,and their two kids;her sister and her two kids;a friend and her two kids;and,Ponce's mother. "We've come here every year since it started,"said Ponce."Now that the kids are older,we'll be going at least once a week." Her friend,Stacy Fisher,said her daughters "love the music.They love the snow. "We come a couple of times a week,"said Fisher,also 34.She lives in Meadow Pointe, another subdivision in Wesley Chapel. Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Cruz Arts,crafts and treatsLutz resident David Scamporino attended the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival at Lake Park with his family on Dec. 4 and took some time to enjoy some flavored ice, one of many tasty options at the annual holiday event. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com) For complete coverage,see page 7.A Lutz Schoolhouse ChristmasBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comIn a community that treasures its traditions,Lutz is gearing up for its 15th annual Christmas House at the Old Lutz School. The school and its grounds are decked out in seasonal lights,giant plywood holiday cards,inflatables,super-sized candy canes,a Nativity scene,wreaths and other dŽcor. The goal is to spread good cheer throughout the holidays,said Phyllis Hoedt,who co-chairs the Citizens for the Old Lutz School,which maintains the historic schoolhouse at 18819 N.US 41. Celebrations planned for this year include old-fashioned carols,a "Breakfast with Santa,"and tours of the school,which has been transformed into a Christmas House.Symphony of Lights thrills young and old Hundreds of people turn out to the "Symphony in Lights" show at The Shops at Wiregrass. The Wesley Chapel mall has been presenting a synchronized Christmas lights and music show every holiday season since it opened four years ago.(Photo by B.C. Manion) See LIGHTS,page15 See SCHOOLHOUSE,page15



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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 15 Here's a glimpse at some of the nutcrackers on display at the Old Lutz School, which has been transformed into the Christmas House for the holidays. (Photos by B.C. Manion) Train lovers may want to check out the model trains on display at the Christmas House, also known as the Old Lutz School.Ponce's sister had her 6-year-old and 4year-old in tow.Her kids loved the show, too,the Lutz woman said. Sixty-year-old Gladys Fernandez, Ponce's mom enjoyed herself,too.Her favorite part of the show was watching her grandchildren's excitement. The Land O'Lakes woman said she expected to return the following night with "grandpa and the grandchildren." Those are precisely the reactions that mall management is seeking with its annual Symphony of Lights. Ever since it opened four years ago,The Shops at Wiregrass has aimed to be a community-gathering place,said Greg Lenners, the mall's general manager. The annual "Symphony of Lights"definitely brings people together. On opening night,there are as many as 15,000 people there,watching Symphony in Lights,welcoming Santa and enjoying fireworks,Lenners said.It's the mall's busiest day of the year,aside from Black Friday,he said. The music and lights show is relatively brief,lasting roughly 12 minutes. Getting the show ready each holiday season,however,is no small feat. A crew of seven men begins work on Nov.1 to build the trees and deck the mall. It takes 47 miles of wire,a quarter-million LED lights and 10 tons of holiday dŽcor to dress up the mall for the holiday crowds. While the audience oohs and ahhs during the light show,there's a man inside the 55-foot tree Peter Siebold who stands ready to scale the tree to fix any problems that arise.He enters and exits the tree through a 4-foot-by-3-foot hatch that's hidden under its branches.Building the massive tree is Siebold's favorite duty.Doing the wiring is the most challenging. "There are miles and miles of wires," Siebold said. The program that operates the music and light show was designed by Carson Williams,the same man who did the dancing lights program made famous by the Miller Lite commercials,Lenners said. Jane Lisy,vice president of marketing for Forest City which owns The Shops at Wiregrass tracked down Williams to see if he could work his magic in a mall setting, Lenners said. She actually went to Williams'house to pitch her idea,Lenners said. Williams then collaborated with John Carter,design director for Park 3-D interactive,to create the show.Siebold works for Platinum Events,which manages the show's daily operations. Spectators leaving the show last week gave it generally favorable reviews. One woman,from Tampa,offered a mild complaint.She thought the show was too short. Lenners said the length was planned deliberately to encourage local performances by school and church groups between shows. Several of those local performances are scheduled between now and Dec.31, Lenners said. Symphony in Lights runs nightly through Dec.31,at 6 p.m.,7 p.m.,8 p.m.and 9 p.m. The mall is closed on Christmas,but the show will go on,Lenners added. For more information about other entertainment at the mall during the holidays, visit the mall's website at www.theshopsatwiregrass.com. LIGHTS,from page 1 Debbie Detweiler, director of marketing for the Shops at Wiregrass and Greg Lenners, general manager, pose near the massive trees that light up to entertain crowds at the mall's 4th Annual Symphony of Lights in Wesley Chapel.Everyone is welcome to tour the Christmas House at no charge,but donations are welcome and they are used to support the upkeep of the school,which was built in 1927 and deemed a historic landmark in 1996. Donations of nonperishable food items and toys also are being accepted to benefit needy families. The house opens for tours on Tuesday, Dec.6,from 6:30 p.m.to 9 p.m.and will be open on numerous nights throughout the season. Inside the house,visitors will be able to see decorated trees,including one that's dressed up with with butterflies. Train aficionados will have a chance to see some miniature sets and nutcracker lovers can enjoy a large collection of the painted wooden figures. The Santa breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m.on Saturday.There will be a $3.50 charge for breakfast,and children also will be able to do four crafts,Hoedt said. "We try to keep it real reasonable,"she said.In addition to breakfast,there's a Santa store where folks can do some holiday shopping. The annual celebration started small,but has evolved over the years to become a popular attraction,Hoedt said. Friends and neighbors often run into each other as they tour the house or enjoy the music,she said.In many ways,each night feels like a mini-reunion,she added. "It puts you in the Christmas spirit,to come and talk and visit,"Hoedt said. Many of the displays at the school are too large to show off in an individual's home,so their owners set them up at the school to share with the community,she said. Terri Burgess,a volunteer helping to set up the Christmas House,said she pitches in because she respects the annual efforts made on the project by Hoedt and volunteer Bill Westcott,commander of the North Tampa/Lutz Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. "It's the heart that they have that goes into it,"said Burgess,a second-grade teacher at Lutz Elementary. Lili Fox,a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol,has spent roughly 20 hours helping to put up the holiday displays.She's pounded in stakes,strung lights and helped touch up the giant Christmas cards. "Just seeing the faces of the kids when they come in from the elementary school just seeing their faces light up,it makes it all worthwhile,"Fox said. Westcott,who has been pitching in for more than a decade,gets a sense of satisfaction from being involved."I love it,"he said. The Christmas House will be open for tours from 6:30 to 9 p.m.on Dec.6,Dec.8, Dec.10,Dec.11,Dec.15,Dec.17,Dec.20, Dec.22,Dec.26 and Dec.27. SCHOOLHOUSE,from page 1 Here's the lineup for the evening musical performances:Tuesday,Dec.6: Stan Bozek Thursday,Dec.8: Harvester United Methodist Church Saturday,Dec.10: Friendship Singers Sunday,Dec.11: Christina Hundley Thursday,Dec.15: Lutz Elementary Saturday,Dec.17: Cornerstone Presbyterian Church Sunday,Dec.18: CrossPointe Church Tuesday,Dec.20: Cross County Country Music Thursday,Dec.22: Tierra del Sol Girl Scouts If you enjoy playing music,singing alone or with a group of friends, you are invited to contact William Westcott to see if time slots remain.He can be reached at (813) 930-9454 or (813) 601-0874 or by e-mail at wwdw@verizon.net.



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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 8 EDUCATION & ACTIVITIESSCHOOLS/CHILD CARE,ACTIVITIES,SPORTS,FITNESS,CAMPS & GAMES FOR EVERY GENERATION New CustomerSAVINGS for Your Business!Place your ad in theEducation & Activities Directory TODAY and we will DOUBLE its size at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!* *12 week contract required. Only single and double ad sizes qualify. No other discounts apply.New clients only. (813) 909-2800 gcrowder@cnewspubs.com The LAKER/ LutzNEWS 2201 COLLIER PKWY, LAND O' LAKES (PUBLIX PLAZA)(813) 909-0781www.knowledgepoints.com/landolakes 50% OFFReading, Math or Study Skills Tests $75.00 (reg. $149)offer expires 1-31-12 Worried About Report Cards? Tutoring programs in: Reading Math Writing SAT/ACT Prep Study Skills Homework Edge It’s time to paint for the holidaysWe offer: A large selection of pottery  Specialty coffee & dessert  Group discounts  Relaxing atmosphere  Party rates  Great customer service FUN FOR ALL AGES! Studio Hours: Mon-Sat 10-10 Sun 1-10813-975-170015357 Amberly Dr.,Tampa www.youdothedishes.com Bill: Gas price, sign must matchState Sen.Jim Norman,R-Tampa,is sponsoring a bill to help consumers know the price of gas before they pull into a station. Senate Bill 476 would require retail stations charging different prices for cash or credit card sales to display the highest price "on all signage displaying gasoline and motor fuel prices visible from the main-traveled"roads. "This is about truth in pricing,"Norman said in a release."In present practice,individuals are only seeing the cash price when they go to the gas station.This bill will ensure they know the credit price before they take out their card." Norman added Floridians deserve a break from gas prices. "When the price of oil is reduced,gas prices often remain the same,making for fat bonuses for CEOs at the expense of the consumer,"Norman continued."SB 476 brings attention to a long-standing practice that does not provide full disclosure." The next step for the bill is the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.State Rep.Jeff Clemens,D-Lake Worth,has sponsored an identical bill,House Bill 391,which is also moving through the Florida Legislature. For more information on the bill or other legislation moving toward becoming a law in the Florida Senate,visit www.flsenate.gov. --Kyle LoJaconoTransit board gets $1.1 million for information centerBy Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comThe Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) recently received a $1.1 million federal grant to create the region's first transit information center. "This is a very exciting opportunity for TBARTA and for our region,"said TBARTA executive director Bob Clifford."We know there is a need for consistent,accurate information on transportation programs throughout our region.We are pleased to be able to offer this service in an easy,onestop location for the public." The final site for the center will be centrally located within TBARTA's seven-county jurisdiction,which includes Pasco,Hillsborough,Citrus,Hernando, Manatee,Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Spokeswoman Amy Ellis said the exact location will be decided in a few weeks. "The good thing about this is people can visit the center,but they can also get the same information by calling or by visiting us online with their computers or mobile device,"Ellis said."It won't matter where people live or if they are already traveling down the road." The project is scheduled to take 12-18 months to finish.Once completed,residents will be able to access information about transportation programs and services throughout the region. The grant was awarded less than six months after TBARTA had its budget cut by $950,000,down to $1.75 million for the current fiscal year.Chairman Ronnie Duncan said public support for the organization helped it land the grant. "We are truly honored to have received such outstanding community support in seeking these funds,"Duncan said."By continuing to work with our partners throughout the region,we'll be able to expand transportation options for the citizens of the region." TBARTA,which was established in 2007 to handle transist planning for the region, estimates traffic congestion will double by 2035 in its seven-county area and triple by 2050. The information center project is one of 55 similar jobs being done across the country by the Fedearl Transit Administration at a cost of $34.6 million. For more information on TBARTA,visit www.tbarta.com.TBARTA gets big boostBy Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comState Sen.Jim Norman got an early Christmas present from the U.S.Attorney's Office. The Republican,who is in his first term at the post,was under investigation for potentially violating federal law for not disclosing a house in Arkansas owned by his wife,Mearline,as an asset. U.S.Attorney Robert O'Neill said the investigation was unable to find any evidence that Norman had anything to do with Mearline accepting half a million dollars from deceased conservative activist Ralph Hughes.Mearline used the money to buy and renovate the lakefront house. O'Neill said the investigators "were looking at the house and the loan from Mr. Hughes,"but said the investigation,which started more than a year ago,was now closed.He declined to comment on the details of the probe. "A diligent investigation by federal investigators failed to uncover evidence of a violation of federal criminal law by State Sen.Norman,"O'Neill said."As a result,this office is closing the current investigation." Norman did not return repeated interview requests for comment,but his attorney,Frank Winkles,said his client appreciated O'Neill's "straightforwardness"with the investigation. "While they have always believed that Sen.Norman would be exonerated,the couple wishes to thank all who have continuously offered their friendship and support during this difficult time,"Winkles said. Norman is not completely clear of any penalty for not disclosing the house.He still faces an investigation from the Florida Commission on Ethics,but such violations would carry only a fine and no prison time. The commission would not comment on the status of its probe. The gift from Hughes,who died in 2008, came while Norman was on the Hillsborough County Commission,a position he had for 18 years. Norman ran for the state Senate District 12 seat after being term limited in the county commission.He opposed former state Rep.Kevin Ambler in the Republican primary for the post. Ambler filed a lawsuit seeking to disqualify Norman after losing the primary.A Leon County circuit judge did disqualify Norman, but the ruling was overturned on appeal. Norman went on to win the general election against two write-in candidates last November.The District 12 seat covers Wesley Chapel,Land O'Lakes,Lutz,Odessa, New Tampa,Dade City,St.Leo,San Antonio, Northdale and North Tampa. Ambler was disappointed in O'Neill's findings,but did understand it is difficult to prove Hughes'gift was made in exchange for political influence. "It's hard without showing the direct exchange of something for something,"Ambler said."That's a hard thing to prove unless you catch someone in the act of engaging in the trade." Ambler maintains Norman did know about the about the house and the "loan" given by Hughes.He said Norman told him, and "most other people around him,"about the couple's "dream home"on a lake in Arkansas. Ambler said he still believes Norman broke state laws banning public officials and their spouses from accepting such gifts like the one between Mearline and Hughes. "But that's up to the state attorney to decide,"Ambler said.Charges dropped against Norman Kevin Ambler Jim Norman Get all your favorite local news stories onlinewww.cnewspubs.comThe Laker / Lutz News



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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 10 Your Community Calendar Submit 2 weeks in advance to: whatshappening@cnewspubs.com All listings free of charge What's Happening What s Happening HOLIDA YS TOAST THE HOLIDAYSThe Tampa 9-12 Toastmasters is hosting two events in December to celebrate the holidays.On Wednesday,Dec.7,from 6-9 p.m.,speakers from around the world, including Ghana,Russia,Japan,Belgium, England,and Germany will give talks about the holiday traditions in their home country. On Wednesday,Dec.14,from 6-9 p.m.,four inspirational speakers will welcome in the holidays.Both events are at Mulligan's Irish Pub,10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa.For more information about either gathering,call (813) 690-6739.CHRISTMAS CONCERTIdlewild Baptist Church will be presenting "Yes,Virginia A Christmas Letter,"at 7 p.m., Dec.9-11.The presentation will feature the worship choir and orchestra and a cast of hundreds.Seating is reserved and tickets range from $8 to $12.Please call (813) 2641515,to see if any tickets are available.PETS WITH SANTASanta will be at Central Pasco Veterinary Care,17945 SR 54 in Lutz,for photos with pets Saturday,Dec.10 from 2-4 p.m.The event is a fundraiser to help purchase oxygen masks for local fire trucks,so donations are appreciated.Friendly,vaccinated pets in carriers or on a leash are welcome.To RSVP, call (813) 926-1126.BREAKFAST WITH SANTAHave breakfast with Santa on Saturday,Dec. 10 from 8-11 a.m.Admission is $7 per person.The event will take place at the Organic Life Coffeehouse,1900 Oak Grove Blvd.in Lutz.All proceeds will benefit the Seeton family.SANTA'S CORN TOURNEYThe Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department and the Land O'Lakes Community Center is hosting Santa's Corn Ho! Ho! Hole tournament on Saturday,Dec. 10.The first toss will be at 11 a.m.A donation of one new,unopened toy is requested per team,two people per team,as entry into the tournament.All donations will be given to Toys for Tots.Call the community center at (813) 929-1229,for more information.CHRISTMAS STORECandlewood Community Church,21418 Carson Drive in Land O'Lakes is hosting a Christmas store on Saturday,Dec.10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.You can buy presents for family at reduced prices.Cash only.New and gently used items for all ages will be sold.For more information,contact SarahSchrieber at christmaststore@candlewoodfl.org.CHRISTMAS MUSICALFirst United Methodist Church of Lutz will present "A Christmas Song"Sunday,Dec.11 at 9:45 a.m.and 11:30 a.m.The musical presents the story of the birth of Jesus with imaginative lyrics,stirring music,acting and dance,shepherds,wise men,angels,and an innkeeper.The church is at 960 W.Lutz-Lake Fern Road.For more information,call (813) 949-1751.JOY STORYHeritage Church is hosting two performances of "Joy Story,"a Christmas musical,on Saturday,Dec.10 at 7 p.m.and Sunday,Dec.11 at 10 a.m.The performance is free at the church,1854 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz.For more information,call (813) 9094080 or visit www.Yesheritage.com.PUPPET SHOWThe Lutz Branch Library is getting into the holiday spirit with a visit from a special guest and a puppet show.Mrs.Claus will visit the library Monday,Dec.12 at 6 p.m.and celebrate the season with stories,songs and treats for all ages.Register at the Ask-me Desk or call (813) 273-3652.The fun continues on Tuesday,Dec.13 with two performances of the puppet show "The Snow Queen."Hans Christian Andersen's tale of unselfish love and friendship is aimed at ages 4 and older. The library is at 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road.CHRISTMAS TIMEEast-West Animal Hospital,1524 Land O' Lakes Blvd.in Lutz,is putting on several Christmas-themed events.For the month of December,the hospital will have a Kitty City Christmas tree,a tree decorated with paper angels to represent animals that are in need of food,litter,toys and flea or heartworm treatment this Christmas.The hospital also is accepting new and unwrapped toys to benefit Toys for Tots through Friday,Dec.16.HOLIDAY CHEER CenterState Bank's Dade City branch will host its third annual Christmas party for teenage children of Florida Baptist Children'sHome,an organization that serves abused,neglected and orphaned children,on Tuesday,Dec.13 in the bank lobby.The bank is providing gifts for about 35 orphans this year.For more information or to make a donation,please call CenterState Bank's Dade City branch at (352) 521-.0715.SANTA'S WORKSHOPThe Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department and the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex are hosting Santa's Workshop for children ages 10 and younger. There will be games,train rides,cookies,hot chocolate and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.Register by Friday,Dec.9 for the workshop,which is on Saturday,Dec.10 from 10 a.m.-noon.Cost is $1.The event will be held at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex,3032 Collier Parkway.For more information,call (813) 929-1220.HOLIDAY MUSICThe Lutz Branch Library presents an Entourage Holiday Celebration Friday,Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.The third annual presentation by Entourage of Steinbrenner High School features an ensemble of 14 singers and a four-piece band.The performance includes costumes,choreography and refreshments. The library is at 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road. For more information call (813) 273-3652.FREE MOVIE NIGHTWillow Bend Community Church,at 2541 Henley Road in Lutz,is hosting a free family night at the movies at 7 p.m.on Dec.17.The free movie is called "Christmas Angel."EVENTS AUTO CLASSThe Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department and the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex are hosting automotive repair and maintenance classes.The Monday,Dec.12 class is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is on oil changes and proper maintenance.The Monday,Dec.19 class is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.and is on braking systems performance and replacement.The cost for a class is $8.The classes will take place at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex,3032 Collier Parkway.For more information,call (813) 929-1220.HABITAT BUSINESS MIXERHabitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco is hosting a Christmas business mixer Thursday,Dec.8 from 6-8 p.m.at Wesley Chapel Toyota,5300 Eagleston Blvd.For more information,call (352) 567-1444.GO GREENGreen After Dark,an eco-friendly evening of green exhibits and live entertainment,will be held Saturday,Dec.10 from 5-9 p.m.at the Odessa Organic Market,8701 Gunn Highway,Odessa.The free event,the last Green After Dark event of the year,is sponsored by the market,Pizza Fusion Westchase and Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces.Music will be provided by Ashley Jones and Travis and Justin of The Groves.FAMILY TREESInterested in using the Internet to explore your family tree? The Lutz Branch Library will offer an online genealogy workshop on Thursday,Dec.15 at 2 p.m.Participants can explore a topic of their choice.For more information contact the library at 101 LutzLake Fern Road,(813) 273-3652.RICH RETIREMENTFinancial consultant Jon Lynn will discuss "Retirement CPR:Creating Personal Riches," on Thursday,Dec.15 during a talk at the Lutz Branch Library,101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road.Lynn will cover money management, factors for success,obstacles to overcome and saving strategies.For more information, call (813) 273-3652.FEED THE HUNGRYPANDA's third annual Food Drive for Feeding America Tampa Bay Suncoast Branch is ongoing through Jan.21.PANDA, the Pasco Area Naturalist Development Association,is seeking canned food as well as donations at sites throughout the area.If you can help by providing space for a collection box,please e-mail food drive coordinator Chris Mulvaney at cmulvaney@tampabayrr.com. SPOTLIGHT WILD WONDERLANDLowry Park Zoo's 12th annual Wild Wonderland returned on Dec.3 and continues Dec.9-11,16-23 and 26-31 from 6:30-10 p.m.The zoo will be decorated for the holiday season with lights,ornaments and simulated fireworks with seasonal songs playing in the background.The newest addition to the seasonal celebration is a display called Wonder and Delight.Visitors can stroll through a holiday fantasy village with animated storefront windows and Santa's sleigh and reindeer. Santa himself and his merry mammals real reindeer are also a part of the events.Children can play Rudolph's Reindeer Games.Admission for Wild Wonderland is $13 for ages 12 and older,$11 for children ages 3-11 and free for anyone less than 2.Admission includes free unlimited rides on all nights. One of Santa's reindeer at the Wild Wonderland exhibit at Lowry Park Zoo. (Photos courtesy of the zoo) Some young visitors to Lowry Park Zoo's Wild Wonderland exhibit last year.



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Phone (813) 862-8692 E-mail: MsJillSpeech@yahoo.com26908 Foggy Creek Rd. Suite 102 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 813-949-111123124 SR 54 LUTZ, FL 33549 K-MART SHOPPING CENTERMonday Friday 7:30am 5:30pmWWW.WILLOWBENDAUTOMOTIVE.COM facebook.com/WillowBendAutomotive Complete Automobile Maintenance & RepairsLutz / Land O'Lakes areaDomestic Foreign FleetFamily Owned & Operated AFTER MARKET/EXTENDED WARRANTIES ACCEPTED Oil Change Services Tires Alignments Brakes AC Service and Repair Radiators Diagnostic Computer Scans BOB & CINDY DOUGLASSMV80387 CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 11 Former U.S. Army Major Free Consultation813.929.6789www.WesleyChapelLawGroup.com M c B a t h h L a w w F i r m , P A .W e s l e y y C h a p e l 18 Years Experience Divorce Attorney Time to Separate? Follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/thelakerlutznews Come Experience Life At Westbrooke ManorWe Don't Just Care For You, WeCater ToYou.(813) 782-44176701 Dairy Rd Zephyrhills,FL 33542 westbrookemanoralf.com "A Fun Place To Call Home!"Free prenatal/postpartum classesA Clinical Massage,108 Whitaker Road in Lutz,offers a free prenatal and postpartum class from 6:30-7:45 p.m.on Thursday,Dec. 8 and Dec.15.The class helps women get back into shape after giving birth or stay in shape while pregnant by dancing.For more information,call (813) 493-0478.Weight loss surgery seminarA free Gastric Band and bypass class will be from 6-7 p.m.on Wednesday,Dec.14 at Pebble Creek Golf Club,10550 Regents Park Drive in New Tampa.The event is designed for those who have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise programs and have obesity-related health conditions.For more information,call (813) 443-3078.Free exercise group in LutzHeritage Church,1854 Oak Grove Blvd. in Lutz,features a muscle toning and core strengthening group for those ages 16 and older each Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Those interested need to bring their own exercise mat and ball.For more information, call (813) 909-4080.Surgical weight loss seminarsThe Surgical Weight Loss Center at Florida Hospital Tampa offers a surgical weight loss seminar focusing on all aspects of shedding pounds.The free classes are presented by Dr.John Dietrick.The program is at the LifeHope Medical Office,3000 Medical Park Drive in Tampa.The next dates are on Saturday,Dec.10 from 10-11:30 a.m. and on Tuesday,Dec.20 from 6:30-8 p.m.For more information or to register,call (813) 615-7077.Sibling preparation class Florida Hospital Tampa Women's Center, 3100 E.Fletcher Ave.in Tampa,will have a class to help children ages 3-5 become a big brother or sister.The class,which is $10 per child,discusses how a baby grows,what to expect from a new sibling,holding a new baby,safe play ideas and feelings and emotions.A parent or caregiver must attend the class.The next date is on Sunday,Dec.11 from 1-3 p.m.To register or for more information,call (877) 482-4362.Breast cancer support groupFlorida Hospital Tampa hosts a free monthly breast cancer support group at the LifeHope Medical Office,3000 Medical Park Drive in Tampa.The group provides positive support to women who are currently being treated for,or are survivors of breast cancer. The group meets every fourth Tuesday monthly.The next date is on Tuesday,Dec. 27 from 5-6 p.m.For more information or to register,call (877) 482-4362.Conquerors in recovery groupGroups for people with codependency and drug,alcohol and sexual addictions meet at 7 p.m.each Monday at 1854 Oak Grove Blvd.in Lutz.Family relationships workshopsThe Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute and Land O'Lakes Senior Center offer free workshops to help family relationships from 10:30-11:30 a.m.each Monday at 6801 Wisteria Loop in Land O'Lakes.For more information,call (813) 929-1200.Wanderers identification programThe Alzheimer's Family Organization offers the Wanderers Identification Program to help caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer's patients.The patient receives a bracelet or pendant with a code and telephone number to participating sheriff's offices.The person can be identified through a shared database of patient information and caregiver contacts.For more information,call (727) 848-8888. --Health and Wellness listings are free on a first-come,first-served basis.Please send all information at least two weeks before an event to news@cnewspubs.com.HEALTH & WELLNESS FAITH & WORSHIP First United First United Methodist Church,960 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road in Lutz. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services,3 p.m.,5 p.m.and 7 p.m.Dec.24 Christmas Sunday Services,10:30 a.m. Dec.25 Chapel Service every Sunday at 8 a.m. Blended Service 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:30 a.m. Classes for all ages,9:45 and 11:30 a.m. For more information,call (813) 9491751.Holy Trinity Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,20735 Leonard Road in Lutz. Traditional service every Sunday at 8 a.m. Family service 9:15 a.m. Service with the choir at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided for children in kindergarten or younger for the 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.services. Middle school youth meet Sunday at 6 p.m. High school youth meet Sunday at 7 p.m. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m.Thursday For more information,call (813) 9497173 or visit www.holytrinitylutz.com.Keystone Community Keystone Community Church,21010 SR 54 in Lutz. Bible study for all ages from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.Sunday Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information,call (813) 9624522 or visit keystonecommunity.org.New Tampa Baptist New Tampa Baptist Church,14801 Livingston Avenue in Lutz Sunday School Classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Children's Church at 10:50 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service at 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. Wednesday Choir Rehearsal at 8 p.m. For more information,call (813) 9770273 or visit newtampabaptist.org St. TimothySt.Timothy Catholic Church,17512 Lakeshore Road in Lutz Fr.Kenneth J.Malley,Pastor Daily Mass Monday Friday at 9 a.m. Vigil Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses 7:30 a.m.,9 a.m.,11 a.m.,5:30 p.m. For more information,please call 813968-1077Calvary BaptistCalvary Baptist Church,4724 Fox Ridge Blvd.in Wesley Chapel. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. Church services at 10:30 a.m. For more information or a ride,contact Pastor John Reichard at (813) 300-7693.



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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 12 Send us a picture and information on your favorite pet!Write a story about why your pet is special along with a photo and mail to:Pet of the Week,c/o The Laker,P.O.Box 479,Lutz,FL 33548 Email to kwelton@cnewspubs.com,ATTN:Pet of the WeekPLEASE NOTE: OWNER'S NAME AND CITYOF RESIDENCE MUST BE INCLUDED FOR YOUR PETTO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION. PETof theWEEK Aspen is a greeterAspen, a 5-month-old Pomeranian male, is the adorable greeter for the Copperstone Executive Suites and Professional Center in Land O Lakes. Proud owner is Leana Gorsline, manager at Copperstone. (Includes pre-anesthetic exam,anesthesia,pain & antibiotic pre-medication) Dogs & cats must be healthy and current on vaccines & at least 3 months old but not more than 5 years old.Dogs should be at least 5 lbs.,Cats,3 lbs. Pets must not be pregnant & should be healthy. SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC:Call for appointment:Subject to $3 medical,infectious & records fee.Cat Neuter: $30 Cat Spay: $40 Dog Neuter:Dog Spay: up to 11 lbs$40up to 11 lbs$50 12 33 lbs$4512 22 lbs$55 34 66 lbs$5523 44 lbs$60 67 88 lbs$7045 66 lbs$70 89 132 lbs$8567 88 lbs$90 89 132 lbs$105VACCINES CLINIC:Monday-Friday 1 2 pmWalk-Ins Welcome.Subject to $3 medical,infectious & records fee. Includes exam & economy vaccines.Consult is add'l $30 on request.(813)949-441621515 VILLAGE LAKES SHOPPING CENTERLAND O'LAKES Rabies 1 yr $10.00 Feline Leukemia $18.00 Feline Distemper Combo $18.00 Rabies 3 yr $25.00 Canine Distemper Combo $25.00 Bordetella/Kennel Cough $12.00 SR 54US 41 MONDA Y -FRIDA Y 8 AM 6 PM SATURDAY 8 AM 2 PM CLOSED SUNDA Y AlsoServingSunCityCenterandBushnell€OpeningSooninWesleyChapel KaufmanEyeInstituteiscelebratingamilestone thisyear.For30years,theyhavebeenproviding patientswiththemostadvancedeyecare.Dr. Kaufman,oneofthedevelopersofInsta-Sight’ cataractsurgery,wasalsothefirstsurgeonto implantmultifocalCrystalens’intheBayarea. Zephyrhills6329US301(GallBlvd.)(813)788-7616WhenItComestoYourEyes, ExperienceCounts. www.KaufmanEyeInstitute.com BoardCertifiedPhysiciansStuartJ.Kaufman,M.D.Cataract,Multi-Focal Implant,GlaucomaSelinaJ.Lin,M.D. Retina,Macula,Diabetes RogerGstalder,M.D. Plastics,Pediatrics,Lasik TimothyParker,O.D. ContactLens,LowVision Enjoy a visit to our Oriental Gardens and Koi pond A full selection of Bonsai trees, lucky bamboo and accessories Gift wrapping & cards included Gift certificates available Feng Shui and Oriental Gift Shop Bonsai Accessories Shipping available anywhere Bonsai, L Bonsai, L ucky B ucky B amboo amboo and O and O r r iental F iental F eng S eng S hui G hui G ift S ift S hop hop5602 Land O' Lakes Blvd. (Hwy. 41) Land O' Lakes (813) 996-5012www.bonsai-online.com F F R E E G I F T w / $ 5 0 0 P u r c h a s e 2 2 0 0 % %W i t h h t h i s s a dO F F WE SPECIALIZE IN HUMANA GOLD PLUS 23532 State Road 54 Lutz, FL33559To schedule an appointment, please call:(813) 909-1600SŽ Habla Espa–olLAB AND EKG ON-SITE Daniel L. Heinig, M.DBoard Certified in Internal Medicine Your Health Care Guardian Over 22 years of experience in adult medicine ALL DOGS  ALL BREEDS ANY AGE  ANY TEMPERAMENTSpecializing In Private Training in Your HomeBoard &Train FREE Dog Socialization Class FREE In-Home Evaluations WE CAN TRAIN ANY DOG! 813-951-4480  www.FL-K9.com Vaccinations, Heartworm Testing, Flea and Heartworm Products Spay & Neuter by Appointment Walk In Shot Clinics on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12 -2 www.plannedpethoodpasco.org5053 Gall Blvd. Zephyrhills 813 779 7000 Non-Profit Spay, Neuter and Vaccination Clinic Ruth's PlaceDog Grooming & Pet Sitting By Experienced & Loving ProfessionalsRuth & Jeana RigginsYour pets will agree Ruth's Place is the Place to be 017824 Eagle Lane Lutz, Fl 33558813-920-3615 Waggin Tails Pet CareWe keep their tails waggin when We keep their tails waggin when you need to be travelin!Ž you need to be travelin!Ž Maryanne Maryanne Y oung oung Owner Owner 813-786-1476licensed/bonded/insured licensed/bonded/insured www.waggin-tails-pet-care.com 10% of ALL Profits go to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Veterinarians Grooming Breeding Training Supplies Pet Sitters Pets 4 Sale PET STATION



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By B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comSanta may arrive by sleigh in most places,but he'll be coming by pickup truck to Traditions on the Green in Land O'Lakes. This is the fourth year for the holiday event,which is intended to provide Land O' Lakes residents and people from other nearby communities an opportunity to gather and have a good time without having to spend a lot of money,said Sandy Graves, president of the Heritage Park Foundation. The event is scheduled for Saturday,Dec. 10,from 9 a.m.until 2 p.m.at the Land O' Lakes Community Center,5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. When organizers launched the event,the idea was to have events at the community center to help revive it as a community focal point,Graves said. Land O'Lakes residents paid for the construction of the community center duing the 1960s,and the Heritage Park Foundation is working to raise money to eventually provide historic markers in the park and an outdoor stage. Traditions on the Green includes a free pancake "Breakfast with Santa"beginning at 9 a.m. The Land O'Lakes High School Jazz Band was one of the groups performing at last year's Traditions on the Green in Land O'Lakes. Musical performances by various school groups are slated for this year's event, too. (Laker file photo).Traditions on the GreenThere also will be a Kid's Christmas Corner from 9 a.m.until noon,with free face-painting,ornament-making,letters to Santa,puppet shows,a bounce house,greeting card coloring,crafts and games. Vendors also will be selling items at the Land O'Lakes Saturday Market,said Pam St. Mary,who oversees the market. Musical entertainment will be provided by students from Land O'Lakes High,Pine View Middle and Land O'Lakes High. "Everybody can bring a lawn chair and enjoy,"St.Mary said. The event is sponsored by Heritage Park Foundation,The Land O'Lakes Saturday Market,The Rotary Club of Land O'Lakes, the Women of the Land O'Lakes Moose Lodge,Candlewood Community Church and Keystone Community Church. Vendors are still welcome.Booths are $15 each.For more information,call (813) 731-5168. Get all your favorite local news stories onlinewww.cnewspubs.comThe Laker / Lutz News CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 13 Closer Look AN ADVERTISER PROFILE One of the catchiest phases heard these days "Turn your jewelry box into your own personal ATM at GoldMax!" comes from Robin Leach, celebrity host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." With the value of gold approaching $2,000 an ounce, those jewelry boxes in your home really could be filled with cash. The money you need this holiday season may be sitting right in your jewelry box waiting to be cashed in! The value of gold and silver continues to soar at an all-time high, with gold prices nearly 10 times the value compared to 10 years ago. There has never been a better time to exchange a few old necklaces, broken bracelets and an earring that has lost its match. As Robin Leach says, "Sell your gold and silver to GoldMax and get a taste of the good life." Folks living in Wesley Chapel, Land O' Lakes and New Tampa are fortunate there's a GoldMax store right in their neighborhood, conveniently located next to Walgreens on SR 54 and I-75. Until its recent name change, the GoldMax store in Wesley Chapel was known as USA Gold Buyers. "It's pretty much impossible for anyone to get a better price than they will at our store because we'll beat any competitor's price by 10 percent," says David McIntyre, owner of 20 GoldMax stores in Tampa Bay. GoldMax specializes in buying gold, silver and platinum and works directly with the largest refinery in the U.S. to ensure customers the highest cash payback possible. Unlike many competitors, GoldMax is not a retail jewelry store or pawnshop, which means it can focus all of its expertise in buying and selling precious metals. "We only buy. We don't sell anything. We don't repair anything. We pay the best price for gold, period," says McIntyre. "We update our pricing hourly based on the New York Stock Exchange to make sure our customers get the most current price and the most cash for their gold. Plus, we pay 92 percent on the spot for tradable gold coins and bars. "People can trust GoldMax," says McIntyre, whose company is a member of the Better Business Bureau. "Unlike other businesses, here you deal with just one person who sits down with you and goes through the process as you watch. 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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 14 By B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comIn a community that treasures its traditions,Lutz is gearing up for its 15th annual Christmas House at the Old Lutz School. The school and its grounds are decked out in seasonal lights,giant plywood holiday cards,inflatables,super-sized candy canes,a Nativity scene, wreaths and other dŽcor. The goal is to spread good cheer throughout the holidays, said Phyllis Hoedt,who cochairs the Citizens for the Old Lutz School,which maintains the historic schoolhouse at 18819 N.US 41. Celebrations planned for this year include old-fashioned carols,a "Breakfast with Santa,"and tours of the school,which has been transformed into a Christmas House. Everyone is welcome to tour the Christmas House at no charge,but donations are welcome and they are used to support the upkeep of the school,which was built in 1927 and deemed a historic landmark in 1996. Donations of nonperishable food items and toys also are being accepted to benefit needy families. The house opens for tours on Tuesday, Dec.6,from 6:30 p.m.to 9 p.m.and will be open on numerous nights throughout the season. Inside the house,visitors will be able to see decorated trees,including one that's dressed up with with butterflies. Train aficionados will have a chance to see some miniature sets and nutcracker lovers can enjoy a large collection of the painted wooden figures. The Santa breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m.on Saturday.There will be a $3.50 charge for breakfast,and children also will be able to do four crafts,Hoedt said. "We try to keep it real reasonable,"she said.In addition to breakfast,there's a Santa store where folks can do some holiday shopping. The annual celebration started small,but has evolved over the years to become a popular attraction,Hoedt said. Friends and neighbors often run into each other as they tour the house or enjoy the music,she said.In many ways,each night feels like a mini-reunion,she added. "It puts you in the Christmas spirit,to come and talk and visit,"Hoedt said. Many of the displays at the school are too large to show off in an individual's home,so their owners set them up at the school to share with the community,she said. Terri Burgess,a volunteer helping to set up the Christmas House,said she pitches in because she respects the annual efforts made on the project by Hoedt and volunteer Bill Westcott,commander of the North Tampa/Lutz Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. "It's the heart that they have that goes into it,"said Burgess,a second-grade teacher at Lutz Elementary. Lili Fox,a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol,has spent roughly 20 hours helping to put up the holiday displays.She's pounded in stakes,strung lights and helped touch up the giant Christmas cards. "Just seeing the faces of the kids when they come in from the elementary school just seeing their faces light up,it makes it all worthwhile,"Fox said. Westcott,who has been pitching in for more than a decade,gets a sense of satisfaction from being involved."I love it,"he said. The Christmas House will be open for tours from 6:30 to 9 p.m.on Dec.6,Dec.8, Dec.10,Dec.11,Dec.15,Dec.17,Dec.20, Dec.22,Dec.26 and Dec.27. Here's the lineup for the evening musical performances:Tuesday,Dec.6: Stan Bozek Thursday,Dec.8: Harvester United Methodist Church Saturday,Dec.10: Friendship Singers Sunday,Dec.11: Christina Hundley Thursday,Dec.15: Lutz Elementary Saturday,Dec.17: Cornerstone Presbyterian Church Sunday,Dec.18: CrossPointe Church Tuesday,Dec.20: Cross County Country Music Thursday,Dec.22: Tierra del Sol Girl Scouts If you enjoy playing music,singing alone or with a group of friends, you are invited to contact William Westcott to see if time slots remain.He can be reached at (813) 930-9454 or (813) 601-0874 or by e-mail at wwdw@verizon.net. Here's a glimpse at some of the nutcrackers on display at the Old Lutz School, which has been transformed into the Christmas House for the holidays. (Photos by B.C. Manion) Train lovers may want to check out the model trains on display at the Christmas House, also known as the Old Lutz School.A Lutz Schoolhouse Christmas Closer Look AN ADVERTISER PROFILE Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D. has reached a noteworthy milestone that few medical practices reach. For 30 years his ophthalmology practice in Zephyrhills has been helping Tampa Bay residents. Dr. Kaufman is recognized as one of Florida's leading ophthalmologists and was the first ophthalmologist in the area to perform: Extracapsular Cataract extraction technique, in which the front portion of the eye's natural lens is removed and the rear elastic lens capsule left intact for the implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL). No Stitch Insta-SightTM Cataract Surgery, which uses a tiny beveled "self-sealing" incision. Dr. Kaufman, in fact, coined the name "Insta-Sight," which has become the common medical term for this procedure.Dr. Kaufman's pioneering work in these areas had a direct impact on these technological breakthroughs that help to eliminate pain and needles and reduces a patient's recovery time.Here are the stories of just a few patients who have been helped by Dr. Kaufmann during his many years of practice. A patient since 1982, Raymond D. was referred to Dr. Kaufmann almost 30 years ago for a detached retina and has remained a patient ever since. About five years ago Raymond needed cataract surgery and after consulting with Dr. Kaufman, chose Crystalens¨ multifocal IOL. Today Raymond is 82 and no longer needs glasses. In fact, he was thrilled that "needs corrective eyewear" was removed from his new driver's license after he passed the eye test while recently renewing his driver's license. Alvin D. was Dr. Kaufman's first surgery patient in 1981. He was building a fence when a staple from an impact gun lacerated his eye. Dr. Kaufman was the ophthalmologic surgeon on call at the hospital and he repaired the damage to Alvin's eye. A few days later a cataract needed to be removed and Alvin asked Dr. Kaufman to do this surgery too. Over the years Alvin has recommended Dr. Kaufmann to many friends. One friend had been blind in one eyesince he was a boy as a result of a fishhook accident. At Alvin's urging, the friend went to see Dr. Kaufman about a problem he was having with his good eye. To his amazement, Dr. Kaufman was also able to repair the damage from the fishhook and restore his vision after 40 years of blindness. In 1984 Doyle S. was 21 and a rookie police officer. He was assigned to traffic duty and began having trouble reading the numbers on license tags. Doyle had his vision checked at a local eye doctor, who prescribed glasses. All seemed okay for a few weeks, but then Doyle's vision began to blur again. The eye doctor referred him to Dr. Kaufman, who diagnosed glaucoma a disease not typically found in someone so young. Dr. Kaufman's diagnosis and subsequent treatment prevented Doyle from losing his vision, which often happens if glaucoma goes undiagnosed and untreated. I As he got older Doyle experienced a detached retina and developed cataracts. "There was never a question about who would take care of my eyes, and that was Dr. Kaufman," said Doyle. "His expertise and care are the reasons why both my wife and daughter are also Dr. Kaufman's patients." Doyle, by the way, had multifocal Crystalens implants when his cataract surgery was done and does not need to wear glasses. He has retired from the police force after a successful career in law enforcement of more than 20 years. Dr. Kaufman is board certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He was a clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida School of Medicine and was Chief of Surgery at East Pasco Medical Center. Dr. Kaufman has performed over 70,000 surgeries and has seen patient visits in the hundreds of thousands. His son, Jon, is in ophthalmology training at Texas Tech and will soon be joining his father in practice.Dr.KaufmannThree decades of ophthalmology care Zephyrhills6329US301(GallBlvd.)(813)788-7616 www.KaufmanEyeInstitute.com



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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 15 Ponce's sister had her 6-year-old and 4year-old in tow.Her kids loved the show, too,the Lutz woman said. Sixty-year-old Gladys Fernandez, Ponce's mom enjoyed herself,too.Her favorite part of the show was watching her grandchildren's excitement. The Land O'Lakes woman said she expected to return the following night with "grandpa and the grandchildren." Those are precisely the reactions that mall management is seeking with its annual Symphony of Lights. Ever since it opened four years ago,The Shops at Wiregrass has aimed to be a community-gathering place,said Greg Lenners, the mall's general manager. The annual "Symphony of Lights"definitely brings people together. On opening night,there are as many as 15,000 people there,watching Symphony in Lights,welcoming Santa and enjoying fireworks,Lenners said.It's the mall's busiest day of the year,aside from Black Friday,he said. The music and lights show is relatively brief,lasting roughly 12 minutes. Getting the show ready each holiday season,however,is no small feat. A crew of seven men begins work on Nov.1 to build the trees and deck the mall. It takes 47 miles of wire,a quarter-million LED lights and 10 tons of holiday dŽcor to dress up the mall for the holiday crowds. While the audience oohs and ahhs during the light show,there's a man inside the 55-foot tree Peter Siebold who stands ready to scale the tree to fix any problems that arise. He enters and exits the tree through a 4foot-by-3-foot hatch that's hidden under its branches. Building the massive tree is Siebold's favorite duty.Doing the wiring is the most challenging. "There are miles and miles of wires," Siebold said. The program that operates the music and light show was designed by Carson Williams,the same man who did the dancing lights program made famous by the Miller Lite commercials,Lenners said. Jane Lisy,vice president of marketing for Forest City which owns The Shops at Wiregrass tracked down Williams to see if he could work his magic in a mall setting, Lenners said. She actually went to Williams'house to pitch her idea,Lenners said. Williams then collaborated with John Carter,design director for Park 3-D interactive,to create the show.Siebold works for Platinum Events,which manages the show's daily operations. Spectators leaving the show last week gave it generally favorable reviews. One woman,from Tampa,offered a mild complaint.She thought the show was too short. Lenners said the length was planned deliberately to encourage local performances by school and church groups between shows. Several of those local performances are scheduled between now and Dec.31, Lenners said. Symphony in Lights runs nightly through Dec.31,at 6 p.m.,7 p.m.,8 p.m.and 9 p.m. The mall is closed on Christmas,but the show will go on,Lenners added. 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Fiat and Alfa Romeo are making their re-entry into the United States'market, Mullane said."Chrysler felt good about the timing,and we feel good about Chrysler," the general manager added. The dealership also is optimistic about Wesley Chapel's future. "The road construction (SR 54) is almost done,"Mullane said.A Walmart also is going in nearby, he said,noting the economy is gradually improving. The dealership expects to serve a market that includes Wesley Chapel,New Tampa and most of Tampa,Mullane said. FORD,from page 1 Debbie Detweiler, director of marketing for the Shops at Wiregrass and Greg Lenners, general manager, pose near the massive trees that light up to entertain crowds at the mall's 4th Annual Symphony of Lights in Wesley Chapel. Cosmetic & Family Dentistry|Teeth Whitening|Smile Makeovers|Metal-Free Crowns & Fillings|Dentures & Partials|Invisalign Scott Arnold, DMD, FAGD Robert Parkinson, DMD www.MyFamilySmile.comNow heres a couple ofgreat offers! 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Voted Florida's No. 1 Weekly Sports Section Community SportsCommunity Sports By Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comDespite his stoic demeanor,Wesley Chapel boys basketball coach Doug Greseth can hardly contain his excitement when talking about what is possible for his team this year. "At this point I just feel like we're so much better than this time last year," Greseth said."We have a lot of really good basketball players who are getting better every day." The 9-year Wildcats coach has that feeling not only because of the talent,but also because of how young most of his players are.Wesley Chapel (5-0) made regionals last year,the first time since 2007,with only one senior. The Wildcats,who finished with a 13-16 record,entered the district tournament last year as the No.6 seed,but reached the finals to earn a postseason spot.Wesley Chapel was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by cross-town rival Wiregrass Ranch,but earned experience that will serve the players this year. "I thought making regionals was invaluable for the team,"Greseth said."We had times last year when we started two sophomores and two freshmen or three sophomores and a freshman.We were very young,but we did what I thought we would do.We struggled early but improved as the season went on. "The good thing is this year we have about eight players with at least a year on varsity,"Greseth continued."I can already see the difference.We're just so much better just from experience standpoint and the players getting more mature with their bodies and minds." Being in the postseason is nothing new to the Wildcats.The program made the final four in 2002,just three years after the school opened.Wesley Chapel returned to states the next year,a season that saw the squad lead Florida in scoring with 83.7 points per game. The Wildcats made the playoffs every year from 2002-07,but it has been a process to get the squad back to that level. "When Wiregrass opened up a few years ago that took some of our players,"Greseth said."The year they opened up I had seven players that went over there.So we've been hovering around .500 the last few years,but I really think we have a good group here. For the next three or four years I have a good feeling about the guys we've got now." The players are confident they can get Wesley Chapel back to making deep postseason runs. "I think winning districts and regionals is possible,"said sophomore guard Carson Emery."I think we have the talent to get to the final four." Junior forward Erik Thomas,who posted 15.2 points per game last year while adding 220 rebounds and 75 assists,is also excited about what is possible this season. "We're all ready to go out and have an even better season,"said Thomas."We want to have a better record,get back to regionals and from there just see what we can do." Most of the Wildcats are back from last year's team,but they will have to replace the points put up by 2010-11 leading scorer Christian Parra,who transferred to Wiregrass Ranch.The junior point guard led Wesley Chapel with 15.4 points per game while adding 91 assists,83 rebounds and 59 steals last season. Moving into Parra's spot at point guard is junior Stefan Bayne,who scored 4.5 points per game while adding 76 assists,41 rebounds and 40 steals. "I think it's more of a team effort,"Bayne said."I'm not trying to make up for the points he scored all by myself.I'll just do what I'm capable of and if we all do that we'll be fine." Emery will also play point,but his accuracy makes him lethal as a shooting guard. "I try and practice shooting every day," Emery said."Usually I take about 500 shots every other day.The confidence comes from that and not some natural mindset." Greseth said his three seniors,Julian Vann,Sasha Mentor and Xavier Leatherbury, will be leaned on for their experience and leadership this year as well. "I'm going to go all out and leave everything on the court,"Vann said."I'd like to get us back to states like Wesley Chapel used to." The Wildcats have already secured a small victory this year by winning the River Ridge Thanksgiving Tournament.Wesley Chapel defeated Land O'Lakes 62-38 before taking down Tarpon Springs 54-31 to claim the title. Thomas,who was named tournament MVP,had 11 points,12 rebounds and five assists in the championship game.Sophomore center Marcus Hayne added 13 assists and nine rebounds in the victory against Tarpon Springs. The Wildcats host Hudson on Tuesday, Dec.6 and Pasco on Friday,Dec.9.Both games start at 7:30 p.m. All stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches.Young Wildcats to build on last year's successBy Eugenio Torrensetorrens@cnewspubs.comDerrick Alexander told his football team on Day 1 of Bishop McLaughlin's 2011 season that his team was going to have moxie to usher in the new era under the first-year coach. "Everything's changed.We do everything with swagger now,"said Evan Barhonovich,a senior linebacker and wide receiver for the Hurricanes (4-6). Alexander finished his first year at the helm with Bishop McLaughlin,but he is far from inexperienced when it comes to the gridiron.He was an All-American defensive end at Florida State University and a firstround pick in the 1995 NFL Draft for the Minnesota Vikings. Now he is trying to bring what he has learned to build a foundation with the Hurricanes. "I've tried to create a culture around here of we gotta work hard during the week and play hard during the games and we gotta speed practice up a little bit," Alexander said."What I've always learned, the faster you practice,the faster you play." In addition to speeding up the tempo at practice,Alexander has stressed the fundamentals:blocking and tackling,as well as working on handand footwork. "A lot of times in high school,everybody likes to run into each other,"Alexander said. "You watch the pro and the college game, and these guys use their hands better than anybody else." Alexander's players took notice quickly. "Last year's practice we'd all just be walking around,looking at the sky,doing our thing,"said junior Austin Meyers who plays offense and defense.He added that this year, kids come focused to practice.Barhonovich knew immediately when Alexander took over that it would be a good move. "The first practice when we ran tons,I knew it was going to be a better year," Barhonovich said."Just coming out and making us run,going crazy right off the start was good for us.That's what we needed." The Hurricanes started 0-5 against a stretch of teams that exposed fundamental flaws in the squad.But the rookie coach loaded the front end of his schedule with tough teams,and Bishop McLaughlin rebounded,reeling off four straight victories to reach the Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs. The Hurricanes were knocked out in the first round of the postseason by Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian,55-38 on Nov.11. While Bishop McLaughlin's practices may be sped up,Alexander knows firsthand success and stability don't come as quick. "We'll be around this thing popping, going quick,"Alexander said."Everything will be done exactly kind of the way it would be done on a college level.But it takes time,it's not going to happen in one year."Hurricanes coach brings breath of fresh air Derrick Alexander drew from his experiences playing football in college and the NFLto bring a more aggressive, disciplined attitude in his first year as coach at Bishop McLaughlin. (Photo by Thomas Matzke of Sunlakesports.com)813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 16 Sophomore guard Carson Emery will be called on more as a scorer for Wesley Chapel this year. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com) Wildcats junior Stefan Bayne is the likely replacement for point guard Christian Parra, who transferred to Wiregrass Ranch. Wesley Chapel junior forward Erik Thomas posted 15.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and two steals per game last season. 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SPORTS By Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comThe Gaither football team rode into Lakeland on Dec.2 with an opportunity to capture the first regional championship in the program's 27 years,but the vaunted Dreadnaughts denied the chance at history. Lakeland (13-0) came out on top of the Class 7A regional finals 42-14,but just making it to the doorstep of the state final four already made the 2011 campaign one of the Cowboys'(9-4) most successful seasons ever. "I'm very proud to be a Cowboy,"said first-year Gaither coach Jason Stokes."I love these kids and I love my staff.We just didn't get it done today.It hurts.It hurts a lot to go through that with these kids and you hate for the seniors to have their time playing football here ended. "I tell you what I'm happy for what we did,"Stokes continued."No one expected us to get this far,and I'm proud of my boys and my staff,and I'm not going to hang my head." The Cowboys were playing in their first regional finals since 2000 and only their second ever.The squad's nine wins are also more than the eight victories the program recorded during the previous three years combined. "I'm so happy for us,"said Gaither wide receiver Carlo Perello."I'm a senior and I didn't want to go out this way,but we're still all so happy.I bet nobody in the county expected us to get to this game on this day.I'm honored to have played with these boys." In contrast,Lakeland has made the postseason every year since 1993,has reached the regional finals each of the last four seasons and is fighting for the seventh state title in program history. "We weren't ready for the show yet," Stokes said."We weren't ready for the big show.That kind of sums it up. When I saw the big show,I don't mean the distractions going on out here.I mean that team was just way bigger,faster and stronger than us.That's really what it was and we got beat up in the trenches." Those distractions made for quite an atmosphere at Bryant Stadium,what with its 45-foot Jumbotron,cannons announcing every Dreadnaughts'score and row after row of stands packed with fans circling the field.The Cowboys did not seem overwhelmed by the over-the-top nature of playing under the lights in Lakeland,but they just couldn't match up with the Dreadnaughts' speed. Lakeland also felt like it could exact some level of vengeance against the Cowboys,as Hillsborough County schools have ended the Dreadnaughts'season in three of the last four years. "Tampa football has really come up strong over there the last four or five years," said Lakeland coach Bill Castle."(Gaither) is a good-coached football team,they show you a lot of different looks on defense,and they've had a great year themselves." The Dreadnaughts jumped out 14-0 in the first quarter and carried a 21-7 lead into halftime.Any chance of a comeback was extinguished by nine Gaither fumbles,six coming on the centerquarterback exchange. The Cowboys gave up the ball on only one of those fumbles,but the lost downs hurt their chances to put together any consistent drives."You can't move the ball with only two downs a series,"Stokes said."It seemed that every time we got momentum,there was a bad snap."The first of those fumbles was the most costly for Gaither. Sophomore quarterback Alex McGough attempted a pitch,but he lost control of the ball and Lakeland pounced on the miscue on the Cowboys'5yard line.The Dreadnaughts found the end zone three plays later for the game's first points.The turnover came one play after Gaither sophomore defensive back Amani Oruwariye picked off Lakeland quarterback Raheeme Dumas.The Cowboys forced two more turnovers in the contest,including a fumble recovered for a touchdown by junior linebacker Logan Marshall in the second quarter to make the score 14-7.Gaither tried virtually every different defensive alignment to slow down the Dreadnaughts'running game,but the Polk County squad managed to rack up 251 yards rushing in the contest. On offense,the Cowboys were limited to 124 total yards thanks in part to 10 sacks. McGough appeared to suffer a lower body injury on one of the sacks on Gaither's second possession of the third quarter. McGough was knocked out of the game later in the same drive after taking a hit to the head on a quarterback keeper.He was diagnosed with a concussion on the field. The Wesley Chapel High transfer finished the game 5-of-10 passing for 36 yards. Running back Shug Oyegunle moved under center and went 1-of-3 passing for 78 yards and one interception.The junior led the Cowboys to their only offensive touchdown on a seven-play drive capped by a 4-yard scoring run by Oyegunle punched in with 2:40 remaining in the game their last possession for the season.Lakeland ends Gaither's playoff runBy Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comGaither senior wide receiver Carlo Perello remembers the first few practices during last spring. They were the first with new coach Jason Stokes,and it didn't take long for Perello to learn he was the right man to lead the Cowboys'football program into the future. "He went all out for us this year,"Perello said."We all appreciate what he's done for us this year and we all love him.I wish he was here three years ago and we'd have been a whole different team." Perello was one of 25 seniors on Gaither's roster Stokes had to win over in order to get the squad a playoff berth for the first time since 2008. "It's hard to win over seniors being a first-year coach,but they deserve all the credit for buying into what we were doing," Stokes said."They were hungry to win.They were tired of the past and wanted something fresh.They didn't fight me.As far as the discipline and the commitment,they gave their all for me and their teammates and themselves." Perello has seen Gaither at its lowest.His first year on the varsity squad was 2009,a year when the Cowboys went 1-9 and were outscored 334-66. Gaither went 3-7 last year and lost two of its first three games this season before winning eight of its last 10 contests to finish the season. The improvement allowed the Cowboys, who finished last in their district the previous two seasons,to play in the month of December for only the second time in the program's 27-year history. "We started off slow,but as we started to win we realized we were a great team," Perello said."We started believing in ourselves.We all bought into the new offense and the changes made and we all wanted to be here." Stokes was sad to see Perello and the other seniors'high school careers ended on a 42-14 loss to Lakeland in the Class 7A regional finals,but said they helped lay the groundwork for something building in northern Hillsborough County."We're going to take this momentum and just roll into the offseason,"Stokes said."Get into the weight room and all our offseason things we have going on. I'm excited about next year's team already."How far the Cowboys have comeCnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 17 Dominic Neglio, left, and Matt Williams lead Gaither onto the field at Lakeland before the Class 7Aregional finals on Dec. 2. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com) Gaither sophomore quarterback Alex McGough was diagnosed with a concussion suffered on this hit in the third quarter against the Dreadnaughts. "I bet nobody in the county expected us to get to this game on this day. I'm honored to have played with these boys."Gaither senior wide receiver Carlo Perello Cowboys junior H-back Jamari Cord turns the corner on a Lakeland defender. Junior Shug Oyegunle was forced to move to quarterback after Gaither starter Alex McGough was knocked out of the regional finals.



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TheLAKER FREE TheLAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION DECEMBER 7,2011Annual spectacle features a quarter-million lights and a shower of "snow" flakesBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comThe rocking chairs and benches began filling at least a half-hour before the 4th Annual Symphony of Lights was set to begin on a recent Tuesday night at The Shops at Wiregrass. There was a chill in the air,as the spectators assembled. Some arrived by strollers.Others came in wheelchairs.Many showed up in groups of four or five or more,with generations of families settling in to watch the show together. By the time the spectacle began,hundreds of people were in the mall's center court. The show is a dazzling display of flashing lights synchronized to tunes by the TransSiberian Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra.During one of the songs, snowflakes well,actually soap flakes flutter down from the sky. The star of the show is a 55-foot Christmas tree,which is flanked by two 25foot trees.Trees throughout the mall are also lit up,with some programmed to go on and off. The spectacle of lights and color is an obvious crowd pleaser.Little kids jump and dance,while parents and grandparents snap photos. Before and after the show,people pose for photographs in front of the giant tree. "I think it's vibrant.It's alive,"said Rose Ponce,who lives in Lexington Oaks,a neighborhood in Wesley Chapel."The kids love the snow.It's the closest thing they'll see to snow in Florida." Ponce,34,went to the show with her husband,Steven,and their two kids;her sister and her two kids;a friend and her two kids;and,Ponce's mother. "We've come here every year since it started,"said Ponce."Now that the kids are older,we'll be going at least once a week." Her friend,Stacy Fisher,said her daughters "love the music.They love the snow. "We come a couple of times a week,"said Fisher,also 34.She lives in Meadow Pointe, another subdivision in Wesley Chapel. Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Cruz The beauty of butterfliesPage 2Florida's new districtsPage 4-5Freedom girls soccer previewPage 21 INSIDE Olympic featWesley Chapel resident Brad Bouthot puts everything into power snatching 264 pounds to win the Soul Open in Miami on Nov. 20. The effort helped him win one of two Olympic weight lifting championships during November. (Photo courtesy of Bouthot) For complete coverage,see page 19.Heritage Ford gets a new nameIts owner also plans a new dealership next doorBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comHeritage Ford in Wesley Chapel has been renamed Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel,in a rebranding move that makes the dealership's name consistent with Parks Lincoln of Tampa another dealership owned by Ron Parks,who is president of the dealerships. The car dealership's owner is doing more than just changing the name of his Wesley Chapel dealership,though.He's also planning to construct a dealership specializing in Fiats and Alfa Romeos on a parcel east of the Ford dealership,which is at 28739 SR 54. "We're in the permitting stages right now,"said Terry Mullane,gener-Symphony of Lights thrills young and old Hundreds of people turn out to the "Symphony in Lights" show at The Shops at Wiregrass. The Wesley Chapel mall has been presenting a synchronized Christmas lights and music show every holiday season since it opened four years ago.(Photo by B.C. Manion) See LIGHTS,page15 See FORD,page15 Call AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured People HOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at Law "I Will Aggressively Fight ToProtect Your Legal Rights"18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) Get your PUBLIX insert in The Laker /Lutz News



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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 2 Veterans Elementary children get up close with natureBy B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comVeterans Elementary is a school where "Caterpillar Crossing"signs are used to prevent the creeping crawlers from being crushed by kids and adults.It's also a place where children can get a firsthand look at the life cycle of butterflies watching how they transform from a caterpillar to a chrysalis to a creature with wings."You should have seen it when the caterpillars were out,"said Lorilie Jani,who takes care of the school's butterfly garden."At the end of October,we saw our caterpillars starting to show up,and by the first week in November we were on caterpillar patrol,as they were everywhere,"said Jani,who is the school's plant manager. The school's morning news programs alerted everyone on campus to keep an eye out for the caterpillars to keep from crushing them,Jani said. The children were excited about saving the caterpillars.They would tell Jani:"There's two over there.There's one here.Oh,that one got squished." The garden's caretaker also began cutting branches of milkweed that were loaded with caterpillars and putting them in a butterfly hatchery that she built. Jani had so many caterpillars it was hard to keep them fed.She pointed to stalks in the garden:"This is what's left of our milkweed.Look how they demolished it,"said Jani,who appreciates the kindness of teachers who brought in milkweed from home to replenish her supply.The butterfly hatchery also served as protection for the caterpillars from predators.The lid of the wooden box is covered with green,pod-like chrysalides awaiting their transformation into butterflies. Deana Wolkov,a teaching intern,said it's great to have a classroom next door to the butterfly garden. The kindergartners she teaches "are very interested to see what's happening,"she said.The class has been learning about butterflies and having the 12by-300 foot garden next door provides an excellent resource for teaching,she said. "For them to actually see it and seeing the transformation makes a big difference in their learning,"she said."There's nothing like seeing it." Jani gets tremendous satisfaction from helping children learn and by helping to bring a bit of beauty to the school campus. She said she and helpers including children and adults created the garden from seeds.The butterfly garden came about after devastating freezes took out the native plants that were planted on campus when the school opened in 2008. Jani credits Deb Hamilton,Bob Stalnaker and Bill Wampler,three master gardener volunteers,for being enormously helpful in creating the butterfly garden. The master gardeners made podcasts to teach the youngsters about planting the seeds and also pitched in with the planting. Each classroom was given 22 starter cups and seeds,Jani said. Plants in the garden include purple coneflowers,flax,Johnny-jump-ups,salvia, cosmos,morning glory,snow in summer, foxglove,maiden pink,tropical milkweed, Shasta daily and cardinal pipevine.All of the plants were grown from seed. At its peak,the garden was beautiful,Jani said. "It brought more butterflies than ever," Jani said.All of the seeds and supplies used for the garden were paid for from funds raised through recycling newspaper and cardboard.While pleased with the garden's progress,Jani has already set her sights on making some improvements next year. For one thing,she plans to change the location of the greenhouse next year to keep it out of the path of soccer balls. She's also planning to build a bigger butterfly hatchery.Bringing learning to life Lorilie Jani shows off the butterfly hatchery she built and the scores of chrysalides waiting to transform into butterflies.(Photos by B.C. Manion) Caterpillar Crossing signs help to keep kids and adults from trampling on caterpillars.



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hours on a cherry picker,working on the tree. Principal Salerno commissioned the painting to enliven a space that gets heavy traffic each school day. Salerno said the school art show creates a great opportunity for students to share their work. Pasco County School Board Chairwoman Joanne Hurley and her husband,John,were among those attending the show. "It just shows the enthusiasm of this teacher.She is marvelous.We would like to clone her,"Hurley said.The school board chairwoman was also pleased to see a good turnout at the art show."You always see a lot of people at football games or athletic events,but it's so heartwarming to see the crowd that has turned out tonight to see this wonderful art."Her husband,John,was impressed by the quality of the students'work. "These kids are really talented,"he said. While being pleased to see her daughter's work on display,Shannon Gagnon said she is also glad that the school district supports the arts and allows students to pursue the creative side of their nature. "I definitely think it's an important part of a school's curriculum.It gives them (students) a place to express themselves in a healthy manner.They need an outlet that's safe.It's part of a child's development,I think." It's important for students to have a place to express themselves at school because they don't always get the support they need at home,she added. "Some kids'families don't understand how important creativity is if they have that knack for it and they love it,they need encouragement."CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 3 CORRECTIONA photo page picturing an open house at the Medical Center of Trinity in the Nov.23 edition featured a Bayflite helicopter and images of the recovery room.Captions were incorrect on these points.By B.C.Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comKendra Gagnon painted her face and created a cat costume to get into the spirit for "Explore the Artmazon,"a student art show at Rushe Middle School. She's only 12,but she has already developed a keen interest in art. "I love it,"said the seventhgrader,while showing off one of her works on display at the show."Ms.Mo is great.She is just awesome.She's really calm. "She lets us do really awesome projects.She lets us be creative. "The art show is great.It shows everybody's creativity.It gives everyone a chance to show off their work.Some of the stuff in the art show is just phenomenal." Shannon Gagnon,who is Kendra's mom, is pleased that her daughter has an opportunity to showcase her work. "I'm her mom,so I'm biased.I think she's definitely talented.Being in the program has given her more of an open mind to new concepts,"Shannon Gagnon said. "It's been a wonderful creative outlet for her,"she said,and she expects her daughter will continue developing her artistic interest for years to come. She thinks her daughter's interest is inborn. "She's been drawing since she was 3," Shannon Gagnon said. The seventh-grader had a painting and some digital prints on display at the show, which featured hundreds of student works displayed on tables,stands,walls and even the railing of a staircase.There was digital photography,3-D creations,paintings and drawings. Some art club members wore rainforest-themed costumes or beaks with feathers,to celebrate the show's theme. Principal David Salerno even got into the act,donning a beak with feathers to demonstrate his support. Art teacher Jilda Morera,who is called Ms.Mo by her students,said having these kinds of shows provides an important forum where students can share their work with the community. "It's important for us to be able to show how creative our students are,"the teacher said,and it allows the community to demonstrate their support. Besides being a showcase for the students,the event was also a fundraiser.The teacher wants to buy some digital cameras to help her students more fully explore their talents. The rainforest theme was in keeping with an enormous tree that the art teacher painted in the school's atrium.It stretches three stories high. She estimated that she spent about 30Rushe Middle's Artmazon'showcases creativity Cindy Long, 12, and Griffin Gulino, 12, were dressed as "tree stalkers" for "Explore the Artmazon," an art show Friday, Dec. 2, at Rushe Middle School. (Photos by B.C. Manion) Kendra Gagnon shows off one of her works that was on display at "Explore the Artmazon" at Rushe Middle School. 8534 N. Nebraska Ave.933-2334 9 9 9 9 9 9 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm € Sat 9am-5pmCarpet your entire houseup to 720 sq. ft. or 80 sq. yards$799.00 $6.99 per sq. yardCOMMERCIAL LOOP CARPET56¢ONLY sq.ft.$4.99 per sq. yardBERBER CARPET77¢ONLY sq.ft. Free In-Home Estimates Youll Adore Youll Adore Our Our FLOORS FLOORS SUBSCRIPTIONS: Paid subscriptions available for those outside delivery area. Call 813-909-2800.CIRCULATION: If you did not receive your paper, or to stop your paper, call 727-530-5521.NEWS DEADLINE: Thursday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Friday at noon. 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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 4 Area gains one state senator, consolidated Congress seatBy Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comThe Florida Senate has shifted through redistricting options offered up by more than 1,600 citizens and has released proposed alignments that will shape the state's political future for the next decade. Last week,the state Senate released district maps for its own 40-member legislative body and Florida's U.S.House of Representatives seats.The process was made more complicated because Florida gained two new House representatives,up to 27 total,because of increasing population during the last 10 years.Each district needs to have about the same number of people living within it."Some counties and cities will have more than one senator or congressperson because of dense population,"said redistricting committee chairman Sen.Don Gaetz. "Others had to be divided to protect minority voting rights and avoid retrogression.We heard and respected the testimony of hundreds of Floridians who said,Keep our community together.'Wherever we could, we heeded what people living in communities and neighborhoods told us made sense to them." The state Senate also needed to carve out the pair of new districts while following the newly passed Amendments 5 and 6 approved by voters to Florida's Constitution, which prohibit any gerrymandering to keep Congressional Plan: S000C9002 Sponsor: Proposed Committee Bill Date: November 28, 2011 Number of districts: 27 of 27 Population range (total deviation): 1 persons (0.00%) All geography assigned: True All districts contiguous: True Processed: 11/28/2011 02:42PM Checksum for block assignment file: 92f2ebcf698d349e142d0fc04c4f694f The proposed U.S. House of Representatives district map for Florida, which includes two new seats to reflect the state's growth during the last 10 years. (Maps courtesy of the state Senate)Florida Senate releases redistricting proposal certain politicians or parties in power. "Months ahead of past redistricting schedules the Senate committee has produced a product which is fair,sensible and faithful to the law,"Gaetz said. The new lines not only give the area one more state senator,but also give Pasco County more political power in Congress. The old state Senate alignments gave the area two seats District 12 and 5. District 12,represented by Republican Jim Norman,covers central Pasco,Lutz,Odessa,Wesley Chapel and all of east Pasco except Zephyrhills.District 10 Jim Norman Gus Bilirakis Mike FasanoContinued on next page Acloser look at area U.S. House districts. HILLSBOROUGH PASCO CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION CALLFORAFREECONSULTATION CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION CALLFORAFREECONSULTATION Christina M. Martin, DDS, MSORTHODONTICSChildren & Adults www.christinamartindds.com2234 Native Woods Lane Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 813.929.6700BEHIND SAM'S CLUB 1029 Bruce B Downs Blvd. 813-994-9606 Buy 1 20 oz. Smoothie, Get 1 for 99¢ Purchase a $30 Gift Card for ONLY $25 Largest Selection of Brand Name Sports Nutrition Products in Wesley Chapel!50% 70% OFF RETAIL!5 LB PROTEIN $34.99 EVERY DAY PRICE!!Get a FREE Small Smoothie with $30 purchase of Nutrition Products



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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 7,2011 5 included Zephyrhills and New Tampa. The new proposed lines shrink District 12's borders because of population growth in the area.If passed,the alignment would still include all of Lutz,Odessa and Wesley Chapel,but chops off all of central Pasco north of SR 52.It also would pick up Zephyrhills while losing the rest of east Pasco including Dade City. The areas of north and east Pasco lost by District 12 would be lumped into District 11,which would also include west Pasco and Hernando and most of Sumter counties. Republican Mike Fasano currently represents District 11. District 10,represented by Republican Ronda Storms,currently includes Zephyrhills,but its new proposed alignment keeps it entirely in Hillsborough County.It would still represent New Tampa. As for the U.S.Representative districts, central and east Pasco are currently included in District 5,represented by Republican Rich Nugent.The alignment also includes all or parts of Hernando,Citrus,Lake,Levy, Marion,Sumter and Polk counties.It is the largest geographic district in Florida and the seventh largest in the country. The number of people from numerous diverse areas made central and east Pasco citizens a relatively small percentage of District 5,but that would change with the proposed alignments. The plan would forge out a new District 26 from most of District 5's northern territory.The result is a District 5 composed only of Pasco and Hernando as whole counties and also a small part of western Polk. State Senate Plan: S000S9004 Sponsor: Proposed Committee Bill Date: November 28, 2011 Number of districts: 40 of 40 Population range (total deviation): 11,770 persons (2.50%) All geography assigned: True All districts contiguous: True Processed: 11/28/2011 02:36PM Checksum for block assignment file: f79227fb45a76b522a562d2059513ecd Northern Hillsborough,including Lutz, Odessa and New Tampa,would continue to be in District 9 represented by Republican Gus Bilirakis. Gaetz said the plan was developed based "On bipartisan guidelines agreed to by all 24 of the Democrats and Republicans on the committee.All directions to staff and committee procedures have been agreed to in a bipartisan manner by the Senate Majority Leader,Andy Gardiner,and the Senate Minority Leader,Nan Rich." Once adopted,the new district boundaries will stay in place for 10 years.After that,new lines will be drawn based on population changes found in the 2020 U.S.Census. The new districts must be set by the 2012 general election next November.However, Gaetz said he predicts the state Legislature will approve the proposed maps in late January or early February. People can still give their suggestions or criticisms of the proposed districts by calling toll-free (850) 487-5757, e-mailing RedistrictFlorida@flsenate.gov,attending the state Senate's meeting in Tallahassee on Dec.6 or by sending letters to 103 Senate Office Building,404 S.Monroe St.,Tallahassee,FL 32399. For additional information,visit the state Senate's website at www.flsenate.gov. Acloser look at area state Senate districts. The state Senate has released a proposed district map for its 40 seats. Ronda Storms Rich Nugent HILLSBOROUGH PASCO Medical Group of Tampa Bay is pleased to announceTymesia Hudson, MDhas joined the medical team.Tymesia Hudson, MD, board certi“ed, Obstetrics & Gynecology, has joined Medical Group of Tampa Bay. Dr. Hudson provides comprehensive OB/GYN care including prenatal and menopausal care, well woman visits, high risk obstetrics, teen pregnancy, and adolescent exams. She also performs minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopy and vaginal surgery. Dr. Hudson is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her residency at UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson, Cooper University Hospital and her internship at the University of Toledo. Dr. Hudson is accepting new patients atA Place for Women38030 Daughtery Road, Zephyrhills To make an appointment, please call 813-780-7111 www.mgtb.com 813-388-3157 or 813-363-6015 www.ipofinc.com Get your home ready for the holidays.SAVEup to $1,500 EXCELLENTPRICES & WORKMANSHIPAlways on time and on budget Making homes beautiful for over 7 years SPICE UP YOUR HOME'S ENTRANCE WITH NEW PAINT! LUBE CENTER HOURS: CAR WASH HOURS:813-949-7297 ALL OIL CHANGES INCLUDE A FREE BASIC CAR WASH24124 SR 54 in Lutz 1.2 Miles East of Collier PkwyMon-Sat 8:00am-6:00pm Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm DAILY UNTIL 7:00pm SR 54 INTERSTATE 75SR 54COLLIER PARKWAYFOGGY RIDGE ROADONLY $24.99 Oil changes are up to 5 quarts of oil and filter. Includes our 14 point inspection. You must present coupon at time of service. Premium and Diesel oils do not apply.OIL CHANGE SPECIALM a y not be combined with a ny other offer. At SR 54 loc a tion only.



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Schools are newsy places. Chalk Talk wants to help you share the news when students win awards, teachers do neat projects, someone gets promoted or retires, or you are planning a play, festival or other fun event.Send school news to bcmanion@cnewspubs.com SUNLAKE BAND EARNS HONORSSunlake High's band finished sixth place at the Florida Marching Band Coalition state semifinals on Nov.19 in St.Petersburg. Sunlake's percussion section took third place and missed first place by just a single point. Tonya O'Malley,the school's director of bands,credits most of the band's success to hard work by students,the school's band staff and an outstanding band booster organization. The band is seeking additional community support to help it start its first competitive winter guard and indoor percussion ensembles,and to support a performance trip to Disney World.WOODLAND ELEMENTARY HELPS FEED HUNGRYWoodland Elementary students conducted a "Pennies for the Pantry"campaign to benefit the pantry operated by the East Pasco Salvation Army. Students brought in coin donations, which totaled $573.The funds were used to buy items at the Publix in Zephyr Commons on Gall Boulevard.The students used their estimation skills to fill the carts.The items were then delivered to the East Pasco Salvation Army in Dade City. Woodland Elementary is at 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills.LUTZ STUDENT RECEIVES $5,000 SCHOLARSHIPKrista Helton,of Lutz,has been awarded a 2011 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship to help pay for her education from Florida Tech University Online.The college student is one of 40 winners selected from a pool of more than 800 applicants nationwide. The scholarship is for $5,000. This scholarship is awarded annually to people whose lives have been affected by epilepsy,and who seek personal growth through higher learning. Epilepsy,a chronic neurological condition,affects approximately 3 million in the United States.UCB,Brussels,Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of medicines for people with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system.CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOLThe Carrollwood Day School Parent Teacher Organization and the CDS Patriots Booster Club is hosting the school's Third Annual Patriots Run/Walk on Sat.,Dec.10 at the school's Bearss Avenue campus at 1515 W.Bearss Ave.The event includes a 5K run and walk,a one-mile fun run,a kids'dash,crafts,shopping,a free pancake breakfast,inflatables and shopping at the Patriot Spirit Store.Most of the activities begin at or after 7:30 a.m.Parks Lincoln of Tampa will donate $20 to benefit the school's booster clubs up to a maximum of $6,000 for every adult who takes a vehicle out for a test drive.The event also will feature a tent where people can make cards for veterans and drop off items such as shaving cream,razors,toothbrushes and other toiletries to be donated to the James A.Haley Veterans'Hospital.FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGELearn more about financial aid for college at information nights coming up at Freedom and Gaither high schools. University financial aid representatives will help participants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages and discuss available federal aid. The information sessions will be held at 7 p.m.on Tuesday,Dec.6 at Freedom High, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd.in Tampa and at 7 p.m.on Thursday,Jan.26 at Gaither High,16200 N.Dale Mabry Highway.DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIONThe deadline for entries is Saturday,Dec. 10 for an interactive scholarship competition sponsored by the International Academy of Design & Technology in Tampa.The academy invites designers and aspiring designers to create and submit a banner ad representing one of the four following IADT programs:Internet Marketing,Information Technology,Retail Merchandise Management or Web Design and Development.Entrants'designs will be open for voting by the public through the year's end.Public voting on Facebook will determine the 24 finalists.Users can vote once each day and do not have to be students to vote.Winners will be selected from among the finalists by a panel of IADT judges. The two first-place winners will receive $5,000 scholarships and the 10 runners-up will receive $1,000 each.For more information,visit www.iadt.edu/Tampa.comWILDLIFE HABITAT CONTESTThe Florida Wildlife Federation is seeking entries from Florida children,age 12 and under,for its 3rd Kid's Wildlife Habitat Contest. Those entering must explain how their habitat provides food,water,cover,and a place to raise young.Schoolyard habitats are eligible,too. The winning habitat will be featured on the federation's website and in its newsletter.An age-suitable gardening book and a commemorative plaque will be awarded to the winner. All entries must be received by March 31,2012.For more information,go to www.fwfonline.org and look at the Habitat PowerPoint there for help and ideas.Also, email patricia@fwfonline.org for more information and to enter by sending photos and a description of your habitat.SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY BESTOWS HONORSSaint Leo University,which has been teaching at MacDill Air Force Base since 1973,honored two military leaders in Tampa at a special reception on Nov.3. Saint Leo University President Arthur F. Kirk,Jr.,recognized the late Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins,Jr.,on behalf of the university. The rear admiral passed in July 2010 at the age of 75.He served in the U.S.Navy and Naval Reserves for 34 years before retiring as two-star rear admiral in 1990.He then became a prominent businessman and leader in many community service organizations, and in recent years founded the Florida Veterans Foundation Inc. Kirk also recognized U.S.Air Force Col. David P.Pavey.The colonel is commander of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base.The wing flies the aircraft used for in-flight air refueling,cargo and passenger airlifts,medical evacuations,and various emergency and humanitarian missions around the world.Pavey has been decorated numerous times during his career with the Air Force and Air Force Reserves since he was commissioned as an officer in 1983. The LAKER / Lutz NEWS / PARKNEWS 813.909.2800 CnewsPubs.com Questions? Call B.C. Manion at (813) 909-2800 or email her at bcmanion@cnewspubs.com. Please complete and send with photos from previous years (if available) to B.C. Manion, Community Editor, Community News Publications, P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL33548. Or email your photos and submission, based on the above form, bcmanion@cnewspubs.com.Tell us how and why you decorate your home for the holidays and we'll share your handiwork with our readers.Return your information to us by Dec. 9 to be included in our listing of holiday lights. We'll send you a pair of movie tickets to Cobb Theaters in Wesley Chapel just for entering.Why do you go to all the work and expense of putting up an elaborate display? Is there a personal story behind any of your decorations? How many lights? What is you theme ? How many inflatables? How many animated figures? How long does it take to set up your display? How long to take down? When does your display go up? When do you take it down? How long have you been doing this? Does your display get bigger every year? 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